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Alchemilla Hospital
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Alex Shepherd in front of the hospital.
Location
Southwest Central Silent Hill
Corner of Crichton and Koontz

Keys
None
Floors
3 (with hidden 4th)
Appearances
Silent Hill
Silent Hill: Play Novel
Silent Hill: Origins
Silent Hill: Homecoming
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Alchemilla Hospital, also known as Alchemilla General Hospital, is one of two medical centers in Silent Hill, along with Brookhaven Hospital. It is the oldest hospital in the town. First introduced in Silent Hill, Alchemilla has been revisited in Silent Hill: Origins, Silent Hill: Homecoming and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Silent Hill: Play Novel.

Design

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A 1st floor map of Alchemilla from Silent Hill.

Although the designs of the hospital remained fairly similar, there have been some noticeable inclusions and exclusions in the layout of the building.

Alchemilla Hospital is presented as an emergency department in Silent Hill, Silent Hill: Origins​, Silent Hill: Homecoming and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. The floor design remains relatively consistent throughout the series canon with variations occurring within Origins and Homecoming, including the introduction of an Operating Theater, presumably for instructional purposes, as well as relocating the store rooms that have been located near the restrooms across all three titles it appears in. However, it is possible that the real world Alchemilla Hospital has not changed since Silent Hill, as Alex Shepherd only dreamed of visiting it in Homecoming.

Common to all games are multiple operating rooms, nurse stations, intensive care units, and public restrooms. Also plentiful are patient rooms, though what these rooms contain changes to fit each game.

Unique to Silent Hill is access to all three floors of the hospital, a fourth floor in the Otherworld and the basement. Within Silent Hill: Origins, access to the third floor and basement has been restricted due to maintenance and construction, while in Homecoming only the second and third floors are accessible.

Appearances

Silent Hill

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Alchemilla Hospital in Silent Hill.

Alessa Gillespie was taken here after her mother, Dahlia Gillespie, attempted to use her in a ritual by setting fire to their home with Alessa still inside. Alessa was kept in a room deep inside of the hospital's basement; all of the nurses, excluding Lisa Garland, were told to never enter the basement.

During his journey through the hospital, Harry Mason, the protagonist of the game, makes his way here on the advice of Dahlia. Within, he meets Michael Kaufmann and Lisa, two souls also trapped in the Otherworld.

During the course of the game, it is here that Harry stumbles upon a mysterious red liquid: Aglaophotis. At the end of the game, Nowhere takes the form of Alchemilla Hospital.

Silent Hill 3

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Alessa's hospital room in Silent Hill 3.

In Silent Hill 3, Heather Mason does not physically visit Alchemilla Hospital; however, inside the Order's church, she discovers a hidden room that resembles Alessa's sickroom. In it, she finds one of the Tarot cards necessary for the game's final puzzle. This apparition is more of a symbolic reference to Heather's awaking memories, rather than an actual passage to Alessa's sickroom in the hospital.

Silent Hill: Origins

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Travis in front of Alchemilla.

Upon waking in Silent Hill, Travis Grady makes his way to Alchemilla Hospital, where he inquires Dr. Michael Kaufmann about a girl he saved earlier from a house fire. Kaufmann denies any such patient is in his care. However, coming upon a rather large mirror after speaking with the doctor, Travis is drawn into an Otherworld version of the hospital by Alessa's spectral figure. Fighting his way through demonic nurses, he comes to in the "real" hospital, where he is told by trainee nurse Lisa Garland that Alessa died from her burns.

Travis briefly revisits Alchemilla near the end of the game after piecing together the Flauros.

Silent Hill: Homecoming

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A 3rd floor map of Alchemilla Hospital in Homecoming.

Alex Shepherd is a soldier on his way home. Having seemingly been wounded in action, Alex spent some time in a hospital for treatment.

The game opens with a nightmare sequence, involving Alex searching for his brother, Joshua Shepherd, who can be seen running through the corridors of Alchemilla Hospital. He finds a combat knife and encounters the first monster of the game, a Nurse, which provides the player with an opportunity to practice melee combat. Also obtained for the first time are the health drink and first aid kit. While there is no boss battle in this level, the Bogeyman makes his lingering presence known to Alex.

At the beginning of the level, doctors are seen committing vile acts on the patients, with each patient representing one of the sacrificed children of Shepherd's Glen (Scarlet Fitch, who is being dismembered, then Nora Holloway who is being strangled, then Joey Bartlett who is buried alive). Josh being there represents the fact that Alex escaped death at the cost of Josh's life.

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Alex fighting a nurse in Alchemilla.

During the course of the game, it is made known to the player that Alex was not a wounded soldier, but rather, a mental patient. Although Alchemilla was featured in Alex's dream and is presented as a military hospital/lunatic asylum, it is not known if it is where Alex was institutionalized after the death of his brother. Adam Shepherd would have been against sending Alex to Silent Hill, a town for which he shows disgust.

The reason Alex specifically dreams of Alchemilla Hospital is alluded to in a newspaper article in the Shepherd's Glen Town Hall. When he was eight years old, Alex was involved in an accident that left him trapped in a school bus on the Toluca River during a freak thunderstorm. Alex nearly died of hypothermia but was saved by Dr. Martin Fitch, who came to his aid and kept him warm while fire crews took four hours to free them. It is noted in the article that during the evacuation, children were evacuated to Alchemilla Hospital in Silent Hill to recuperate and it is presumed that Alex joined them after his rescue.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

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Harry Mason in a wheelchair in the Alchemilla Hospital.

The entirety of gameplay in Alchemilla Hospital takes place in the Ice World. After blacking out, Harry Mason is initially brought to the hospital by Cybil Bennett, who changes his soaked clothes and wheels him about in a wheelchair. The world quickly transitions before she can finish speaking to Harry and becomes horrifically combined with a nearby railway system. Train cars criss-cross through open patches, with some crashed through the walls or even suspended in the air.

After escaping from the Raw Shocks and returning to the real world, Harry meets Lisa Garland, who has crashed either her own car or an ambulance (Psych Profile dependent) and has suffered a head wound.

Alchemilla also has their own radio station on which the player can request a song by calling 555-881_, with the last digit being the song number they want (0-9).

Trivia

  • Alchemilla Hospital most likely takes its name from the real life genus of perennial plants, Alchemilla, also known as "Lady's Mantle". An Alchemilla is a plant in the Rosaceae family and is related to the word "alchemy". The literal meaning of the word is "little magical one", and is feminine. In herbalism, it can be used to ease heavy menstruation and menopause.
  • The idea of Alchemilla Hospital came from the movie Jacob's Ladder, specifically the sick house scene.
  • In Silent Hill, there is a "Konami Burger" restaurant just west of the hospital.
  • In Silent Hill, there is a save point located in the Otherworld version of Room 302, the same number later used for Henry Townshend's apartment.
  • There is initially no fourth floor in the hospital. This is a reference to the stigma associated with the number four in East Asian culture.
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The knife and bloody drawing.

  • Right before the player obtains the Combat Knife in Silent Hill: Homecoming, there is a bloodstain on the mirror that reads "Where Are You". Also, Robbie the Rabbit is drawn on the mirror with blood.
  • When rotated 90 degrees clockwise, the map of Alchemilla Hospital in Silent Hill: Homecoming is more identifiable with previous maps of the hospital.

Gallery

For a complete list of images of Alchemilla Hospital, please visit the Alchemilla images category.

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Characters
Major Characters
Travis Grady - Richard Grady - Helen Grady - Alessa Gillespie - Dahlia Gillespie - Michael Kaufmann - Lisa Garland
Other Characters
Harry Mason - Jodie Mason - Cheryl Mason - Mira - Greys
Monsters
Alessa's Dream - Ariel - Butcher - Caliban - Carrion - Faceless Nurse - Momma - Remnant - Sad Daddy - Straightjacket - Two-Back
Weapons
Alcohol Bottle - Baton - Broken Pole - Crate - Drip Stand - Fire Axe - Filing Cabinet - Great Cleaver - Hammer - Handgun - Hand-to-Hand - Iron Weights - Jagged Wood - Katana - Knife - Light Stand - Meat Cleaver - Meat Gaff - Meat Hook - Moon Gauntlets - Pitchfork - Poker - Pool Cue - Portable TV - Razor - Revolver - Rifle - Scalpel - Screwdriver - Shotgun - Shovel - Spear - Tesla Rifle - Tire Iron - Toaster - Toolbox - Typewriter - Wrench
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Andy's Books - Artaud Theater - Cedar Grove Sanitarium - Central Silent Hill - General Store - Gillespie House - Green Lion Antiques - Greenfield Apartments - Lumber Yard - Nowhere - Public Records Office - Riverside Motel - The Family Butcher
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Mirror - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Welcome Sign - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Items - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Major Characters
Harry Mason - Cheryl Mason - Alessa Gillespie - Dahlia Gillespie - Lisa Garland - Cybil Bennett - Michael Kaufmann
Other Characters
Jodie Mason - Heather Mason - K. Gordon - Greys
Monsters
Air Screamer - Bloodsucker - Creeper - Floatstinger - Grey Child - Groaner - Hanged Scratcher - Incubator - Incubus - Larval Stalker - Mumbler - Night Flutter - Parasite - Puppet Cybil Bennett - Puppet Doctor - Puppet Nurse - Romper - Split Head - Stalker - Twinfeeler - Wormhead
Weapons
Chainsaw - Handgun - Hyper Blaster - Katana - Knife - Pipe - Rifle - Rock Drill - Shotgun - Hammer - Axe
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Annie's Bar - Balkan Church - Cafe 5to2 - Central Silent Hill - Gillespie House - Green Lion Antiques - Indian Runner - Lakeside Amusement Park - Levin Street - Lighthouse - Midwich Elementary School - Norman's Motel - Nowhere - Queen Burger - Resort Area - Sewers - Silent Hill Police Station - Silent Hill Town Center - Toluca Lake - Old Silent Hill - Dog House
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - God - Map - Metatron - Monster - Otherworld - Paradise - PTV - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Main Characters
Alex Shepherd - Joshua Shepherd - Elle Holloway - James Wheeler - Margaret Holloway - Curtis Ackers
Other Characters
Adam Shepherd - Carol Doyle - Lillian Shepherd - Nora Holloway - Sam Bartlett - Joey Bartlett - Martin Fitch - Scarlet Fitch - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Nash - Robbie the Rabbit
Families
Bartlett Family - Fitch Family - Holloway Family - Shepherd Family
Monsters
Amnion - Asphyxia - Bogeyman - Feral - Lurker - Needler - Nurse - Scarlet - Schism - Sepulcher - Siam - Smog - Swarm
Weapons
12 Gauge Shotgun - BlueSteel Shotgun - Chrome Hammer Pistol - Ceremonial Dagger - Circular Saw - Combat Knife - Crowbar - Fire Axe - Laser Pistol - M14 Assault Rifle - Mk 23 Handgun - Police Marksman Rifle - Pulaski Axe - Steel Pipe
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Boiler Room - Central Silent Hill - Church of the Holy Way - Dargento Cemetery - Dr. Fitch's Office - Grand Hotel - Hell Descent - Lair - Overlook Penitentiary - Rose Heights Cemetery - Salvage Yard - Sewers of Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd House - Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd's Glen Town Hall - Shepherd's Glen Police Station - Silent Hill Docks - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Offices - Toluca Lake Water and Power - Toluca River - Dog House
Terms
Bogeyman Knife - Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Siren - The Order - Walkie Talkie - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Great Knife - Welcome Sign - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Items - Memos
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Characters
Major Characters
Harry Mason - Cheryl Mason - Dahlia Mason - Dr. Kaufmann - Cybil Bennett - Michelle Valdez
Other Characters
Bar Maid - The Stewarts - Mr. Gordon - Lisa Garland - John - James Sunderland - Mira - Greys
Monsters
Raw Shock - Larval Stalker
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Annie's Bar - Diner 52 - Good Ol' Days - Green Lion Pawn Shop - Lakeside Amusement Park - Levin Street - Lighthouse Clinic - Midwich High School - The Balkan - Toluca Mall - Nightingale Apartments - Dog House - Theresa's
Terms
Echo Photos - Flare - Flashlight - Harry's Phone - Real World - Ice World - Memento - Phone Numbers - Psych Profile - Tookie the Toucan - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Sexuality
Archives
Keys - Puzzles - Secrets and Unlockables - Soundtrack

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