Elmcrest Hospital was opened in 1942 as a small mental hospital, in three historic mansions on 17 acres. The hospital had inpatient and outpatient, wards for children and adults, and a substance abuse program. The hospital also later opened an art therapy building for art, music and dance. By 1997, Elmcrest had grown to 26 buildings, and housing more than 150 patients. 150 special ed children also attended school and a day program, with 475 staff taking care of the patients. The hospital was then sold to Saint Francis Hospital in 1997, and a year later a 11 year old passed away after being restrained by a staff member. Reports of patient abuse grew and a few lawsuits are filed against the hospital for bad treatment of patients. In 2000, another patient passed away from a drug overdose when the patient had been given 12 tranquilizers and other drugs from the hospital, resulting in many staff being fired.In 2003 the hospital moved remaining patients to a Mount Sinai campus, and the hospital closed for good. Then the old hospital campus was purchased by Hartford Hospital who had psychiatric programs for children and teens but closed down in 2006.
Super easy to get on the grounds, and there are more than 25 buildings. Most buildings were boarded up really well but because there is so many buildings I was able to get into a few