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Hospitals Timeline


Emergency Hospital, ca. 1914.

1914 Emergency Hospital opens in West Palm Beach.

1916 Pine Ridge Hospital, area’s first hospital for blacks.


Pine Ridge Hospital, 1950s.

1920 Good Samaritan, area’s first permanent hospital opens at 12th Street and the lake front in West Palm Beach with 35 beds.


Good Samaritan Hospital, 1920s.

1936 Everglades Memorial Hospital opens, later re-named Everglades Memorial Medical Center, in  Pahokee.

1938 Belle Glade Memorial Hospital (later Glades General hospital) opens in Belle Glade.


St. Mary’s Hospital, 1950s.

1939 St. Mary’s Hospital opens in West Palm Beach.

1950 Southeast Florida State Sanatorium for tuberculosis opens in Lantana; later named the A.G. Holley Hospital in 1969.


Southeast Florida State Sanatorium, 1950.

1956 The African American hospital, Pine Ridge, moves patients to new African American wing at St. Mary’s Hospital.

1959 Bethesda Memorial Hospital opens in Boynton Beach.

1966 John F. Kennedy Hospital, now known as JFK Medical Center, opens in the seven-year old city of Atlantis.

1968 Carver Hospital for African Americans opens in Belle Glade; Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center opens.

1973 Doctors Hospital, later the Palm Beach Regional Hospital, opens in Lake Worth; it is now closed.

1979 Palm Beach-Martin County Medical Center opens; changes name to Jupiter Medical Center in 1984.

1986 West Boca Medical Center in Boca Raton, Columbia Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee Groves, and Wellington Regional Medical Center opens.

1998 After 60 years of service, Everglades Regional Medical Center closes due to bankruptcy.

2009 Lakeside Medical Center opens in Belle Glade; it replaces Glades General Hospital.

These are just a few of the hospitals in Palm Beach County.


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