Bethesda Memorial Hospital Historical

Bethesda Memorial Hospital Historical (HM1TJK)

Location: Boynton Beach, FL 33435 Palm Beach County
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Country: United States of America
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N 26° 30.262', W 80° 4.201'

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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.
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe Robert Neff Family, the Delray Beach Historical Society, and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Monday, August 8th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 592672 N 2931876
Decimal Degrees26.50436667, -80.07001667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 30.262', W 80° 4.201'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 30' 15.72" N, 80° 4' 12.06" W
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Area Code(s)561
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach FL 33435, US
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