Florida Hospital - Historical Timeline

Florida Hospital in the early 1900s

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 1910s

  • 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.

The 1920s

  • 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.

The 1930s

  • 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.

The 1940s

  • 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.

The 1950s

  • Air conditioning was installed in the Sanitarium.
  • The hospital's volunteers raised funds for the purchase of the first incubator for the nursery.

The 1960s

  • 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 1970s

  • The Florida Sanitarium became Florida Hospital.
  • Florida Hospital Altamonte and Florida Hospital Apopka opened.
  • Florida Hospital's Organ Transplant Program began.

The 1980s

  • 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.

The 1990s

  • 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

  • In 2000, Winter Park Memorial Hospital was purchased.
  • In 2006, Anthony and Sonja Nicholson donated $5 million to launch the Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement.
  • Alan H. Ginsburg and the Ginsburg Family Foundation, in 2007, donated $20 million to Florida Hospital.
  • The Global Robotics Institute opened in 2008.
  • For the 10th year, Florida Hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “One of America’s Best Hospitals”.
  • In 2010, a partnership between Florida Hospital, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and Takeda was announced targeting obesity.
  • The Translational Research Institute opened doors to its new facility in 2012.
  • Ginsburg Tower at Florida Hospital Orlando opened in 2008 with a new Emergency Department and Cardiovascular Institute
  • In 2016, Florida Hospital Winter Garden opened to expand service into West Orange County.
  • A freestanding ED was opened in 2016 in Lake Mary.
  • Also in 2016, Florida Hospital for Women opened the 12-story specialty hospital to focus on women’s health.
  • In late 2016, the Bartch Transplant House was opened to serve patients of the Transplant Institute as well as their families.
  • In 2017, Winter Park Memorial Hospital broke ground on it’s five-story patient pavilion.

Ginsburg Tower