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
- 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.