Patton State Hospital is topic for May Dessert and Dialogue

Patton State Hospital is topic for May Dessert and Dialogue
Posted on 04/27/2016

Learn the history of Patton State Hospital with speaker Tony Ortega at the Redlands Community Senior Center’s Dessert and Dialogue program from noon to 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 2.

Patton State Hospital, formerly known as the California State Asylum for the Insane and Inebriates, has enjoyed a long and rich history. It was founded in 1890 and since that time has played a significant role in the development of psychiatry in California and the lives of Inland Empire residents, many of whom have been employed by the hospital.

Ortega will provide an overview of Patton’s history and discuss the various treatments that have been used at the hospital, including lobotomies, “shock treatments,” hydrotherapy, and vocational therapy (i.e., Patton Farms). He will also talk about patient life and the communal nature of the hospital then and now. Mr. Ortega is a clinician as well as the hospital’s historian, has worked at Patton for the past 15 years, and recently led the development of a psychiatric museum at Patton.

The program is free. For more information please call the Redlands Community Senior Center at (909) 798-7579 or visit at 111 W. Lugonia Ave.