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Brook Lane Health Services (formerly Brook Lane Farm), originated as a hospital near Hagerstown, Maryland, owned and operated by the Mennonite Central Committee for the benefit of patients requiring immediate relief from acute emotional or mental disturbance. The idea of Brook Lane Farm grew out of the experiences of Mennonite young people who worked in mental hospitals during the World War II period, and so on a farm used by a Civilian Public Service unit during the war, the Mennonite Central Committee opened this hospital in 1948, which it owned and operated until 1958, when the hospital incorporated with its own board of directors. In 1953 Brook Lane provided semiprivate rooms for 29 active treatment and observation patients.


Brook Lane Health Services. "About Us." Accessed 25 September 2007. <>

Additional Information

Brook Lane website

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1953

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Brook Lane Health Services (Hagerstown, Maryland, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 6 Oct 2015.,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=91247.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1953). Brook Lane Health Services (Hagerstown, Maryland, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 October 2015, from,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=91247.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 438. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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