Cathcart joined the hospital staff as an administrative assistant in 1949, only 30 of its 400 beds were occupied by paying customers, according to a 1997 profile in Modern Healthcare magazine.
Robert Cathcart, 92, formerly of Philadelphia, the longtime administrator and president of Pennsylvania Hospital whose careful stewardship earned him the moniker “Mr. 25, of cardiopulmonary arrest at Waverly Heights, Gladwyne.
“He was one of the health-care giants,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association.
He loved walking the family Welsh corgi through Society Hill.
He often took visitors to the hospital on those walks, regaling them with local history.
Cathcart had a new pavilion built anyway, with two-bed rooms, each attached to a bathroom.