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Bethesda Memorial Hospital
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 26° 30.259 W 080° 04.204
17R E 592667 N 2931871
Quick Description: Located at the hospital entrance-2815 South Seacrest Blvd
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 8/6/2016 1:43:40 PM
Waymark Code: WMRV8Q
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
Views: 3

Long Description:
The area surrounding this site was first settled in the late 1890s. For six decades, a handful of doctors and midwives provided rudimentary medical care to area residents. With the nearest hospital located 18 miles away in West Palm Beach, critical patients were transported by horse and buggy or by fire engine, and sometimes died en route. In 1947, South Palm Beach County civic leaders and physicians formed the Gulfstream Hospital Association to establish a nonprofit acute care hospital to serve the county’s rapidly growing population. The association worked for almost a dozen years to create a special taxing district, raise needed capital, and acquire 10 acres of land needed to build and staff the hospital. The 70-bed Bethesda Memorial Hospital—named for the healing pool of Bethesda mentioned in the Bible—opened on February 9, 1959. The hospital was staffed by 32 doctors and six dentists. Bethesda Hospital’s first patient had an emergency appendectomy; its first birth took place about a week after it opened. The hospital, now Bethesda Hospital East, began expanding within six months of opening, and has grown to become a 401-bed, full-service medical facility with more than 550 physicians in over 40 specialties.
Marker Number: F-785

Date: 2013

County: Palm Beach

Marker Type: City

Sponsored or placed by: The Robert Neff Family, the Delray Beach Historical Society, and the Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

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