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Bethesda Memorial Hospital

 
 
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By Jay Kravetz, August 5, 2016
1. Bethesda Memorial Hospital Marker
Inscription. 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 countyís 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 Hospitalís 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.
 
Erected 2013 by The Robert Neff Family, the Delray Beach Historical
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By Jay Kravetz, August 5, 2016
2. Bethesda Memorial Hospital Marker
Society, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-785.)
 
Location. 26° 30.262′ N, 80° 4.201′ W. Marker is in Boynton Beach, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker can be reached from South Seacrest Boulevard south of Southwest 26th Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in front of the hospital entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach FL 33435, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. North Ocean Boulevard (approx. 1.1 miles away); Boynton Woman's Club (approx. 1.2 miles away); 1913 Boynton Elementary School (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named North Ocean Boulevard (approx. 2.1 miles away); Del-Ida Park Historic District (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Del-Ida Park Historic District (approx. 2.4 miles away); Old School Square Historic District (approx. 2.5 miles away); West Settlers Historic District (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Boynton Beach.
 
Categories. Science & Medicine
 
Bethesda Memorial Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, August 5, 2016
3. Bethesda Memorial Hospital Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 8, 2016.
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