Florida Hospital - Historical Timeline
The Early 1900s
- The average wage at Florida Hospital was 22 cents per hour.
- A local group of Seventh-day Adventists had only $4.83 to start a hospital.
- The Florida Sanitarium opened with 20 beds; a lab; and X-ray, surgery and maternity units.
- The Florida Sanitarium added 80 beds bringing the capacity to 100 beds.
- The lobby was set up much like a hotel, with patients getting room keys, messages and mail.
- Academy students cared for the hospital's herd of cows; milk was provided to patients, students and employees.
- Hydrotherapy and electrotherapy were used to treat lung congestion, pneumonia and other pulmonary problems.
- Patients paid their hospital bills with eggs, chickens, and cows. (It cost only $25 to have a baby!)
- With no air conditioning, circulation came from wall-mounted fans and open windows, even during surgery.
- Two new wings were constructed at Florida Sanitarium, bringing the bed count to 160.
- During World War II, the Cadet Corps met at the hospital for medical training prior to being enrolled in the service.
- Air conditioning was installed in the Sanitarium.
- The hospital's volunteers raised funds for the purchase of the first incubator for the nursery.
- The Florida Sanitarium performed its first open heart surgery and cardiac catheterization.
- The region's first Intensive Care Unit opened at the Sanitarium.
- A helipad was built along Lake Estelle.
- The Florida Sanitarium became Florida Hospital.
- Florida Hospital Altamonte and Florida Hospital Apopka opened.
- Florida Hospital's Organ Transplant Program began.
- The first Golden Gala was held, leading to the creation of the Florida Hospital Foundation.
- Florida Hospital opened a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a Cancer Center.
- Florida Hospital installed the first MRI in Central Florida; it was only the third CT scanner in the U.S at the time.
- Florida Hospital East Orlando and Florida Hospital Kissimmee were purchased.
- Florida Hospital Celebration Health, Florida Hospital Cancer Institute and Florida Hospital Centra Care opened.
- Florida Hospital began Central Florida's first bone marrow transplant program.
The 21st Century
- Winter Park Memorial Hospital was purchased.
- Alan H. Ginsburg and the Ginsburg Family Foundation gave a $20 million gift to Florida Hospital.
- The Global Robotics Institute opened.
- For the 10th year, Florida Hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as "One of America's Best Hospitals."
- Anthony and Sonja Nicholson donated $5 million to start the Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement.
- The Florida Hospital - Burnham Clinical Research Institute was announced.
- Ginsburg Tower opens with new Emergency Department and Cardiovascular Institute.