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Orlando General Hospital

Founded in 1941 as Orlando Osteopathic Hospital, Orlando General Hospital was once a 15-bed facility that was a large converted house located at 603 Hillcrest Street.  This is an image of the house circa 1940 in the collection of the Orange County Regional History Center.

Photograph by W French

The Lake Underhill Road facility opened on October 1, 1961 with 50 beds.

Photograph by Tim Orwick.

The unfinished parking lot and drive way indicate that these photos were taken circa October 1, 1961.

Photograph by Tim Orwick.

In 1990, Orlando General Hospital was acquired by Adventist Health System and is now Florida Hospital East Orlando, which currently has 265 beds.

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Featured Image: Members of the Orlando General Hospital Guild busy making costumes and decorations to be used at the Benefit Ball, November 11, 1961.
L to R: Mrs. Hurd (Chairman of Entertainment and Decorations), Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Beckwith and Mrs. McIntosh. Photograph by Tim Orwick.

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603 Hillcrest Street

Current photo of the house at 603 Hillcrest Street which was the first location of Orlando General Hospital.

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Comments to “Orlando General Hospital”

  1. William Browning says:

    I was born there October 1954 at least that’s what my birth certificate says
    I really don’t remember much about it

    • Kim P says:

      Greetings Mr. Browning! That is so cool that you were born at the old Orlando General Hospital! We hope you find other posts on Orlando Memory that will inspire you to share more of your memories with everyone! THE ORLANDO MEMORY TEAM

  2. sally spies says:

    My son was born there on Labor Day , 1970 and it was then, I thought , a 25 bed facility. I am amazed to see how large it is now . Great little hospital back then.Dr. Richard Lapp, D.O. was my obgyn. Great doctor. I would love to go back and visit sometime.

  3. Wayne Scott says:

    I worked at Orlando general hospital in 1974-1978 it was my first healthcare job I was a orderly/cna
    Mrs. Wilcox hired me she was the DON at the time.

    Wayne Scott
    I now live in Philadelphia Pa. and work at Moss Rehab and am a Health Unit Coordinator.

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