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A Tradition of Caring and Healing

Orlando Health  was founded in 1918 on the heels of World War I, in the midst of the Spanish Flu epidemic that raged across the world. Orange General Hospital, as it was known then, was supported financially by community members and a dedicated group of doctors. This former 50-bed, unairconditioned hospital now boasts 1,780 beds and includes the incomparable Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, the innovative Winnie Palmer Hospital for Woman & Babies and the world-class UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health.

Today, we are one of Florida’s most comprehensive, not-for-profit organizations. Still a community-supported hospital organization, we serve the healthcare needs of nearly 2 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international visitors annually.

What you will find when you enter any of our Orlando Health facilities is an attention to patient and family comfort that is unmatched anywhere. As part of the Central Florida community, our team members take great pride in treating patients as we would our own family - with extraordinary skill, the best technology and compassionate care.

Milestones


2014

  • UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health created in joint venture between UF Health and Orlando Health.
2008
  • Orlando Regional Healthcare changes name to Orlando Health.
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital Ranks 26th in U.S.News & World Report's 2008 Edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals.
2007
  • Orlando Regional Healthcare cares for the Central Florida community through nearly 465,000 total patient visits, including nearly 175,000 to the Emergency Department.
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando receives accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, making it Central Florida’s first Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. 
  • Orlando Regional Medical Center’s Air Care Team adds a second helicopter based at South  Lake Hospital. 
  • MD Anderson – Orlando opens a dedicated Thoracic Care Center named in memory of Rod Taylor.
  • Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, part of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, receives the 10th Annual Ernest Amory Codman Award for its documented success in the prevention of AIDS transmission from mother to baby.
  • For contributions to community life and the workplace in downtown Orlando, Downtown Orlando Partnership presents Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies with the Award of Excellence,the highest honor given each year at the Golden Brick Awards.
  • MD Anderson – Orlando receives its first ever peerreviewed research grant from the Florida Department of Health to intensify its radiation therapy research focusing on lung, prostate, breast and spinal tumors.
  • Winnie Palmer Hospital is named one of the top U.S. Green Buildings by Cemex USA for being environmentally friendly.
  • Orlando Regional launches a new website to keep the community informed with a wealth of uptodate information about health, wellness and specialized services.
  • ORMC begins a Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Program to provide weight loss surgery to patients who are unable to achieve a healthy weight by traditional methods.
  • Winnie Palmer Hospital celebrates its first anniversary and the birth of more than 14,000 babies, making the hospital’s Labor & Delivery Unit the busiest in Florida.
  • Inaugural RitzCarlton Club’s Cobalt Affaire raises $210,000 to benefit the Kids’ Kidney Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital.
  • Dr. P. Phillips Hospital receives VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence for meeting or exceeding national performance standards for its Rapid Response Team, the team that responds when a patient comes in with symptoms of a stroke.
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital announces the Pediatric Sports Medicine Program specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, education and prevention of sports injuries in young athletes.
  • The Cancer Research Institute of MD Anderson – Orlando receives a research grant to further its study of therapies for pancreatic cancer.
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital is the first hospital in the world to launch patients into orbit via telephone lines. In conjunction with NASA, pediatric patients spoke with U.S. Astronaut Clay Anderson on the International Space Station.
  • MD Anderson – Orlando performs the first thoracic surgery in Central Florida using the da Vinci® Surgical System. The robotic system is also used for gynecologic and prostate surgeries.
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital unveils a new Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund Starlight Site, a stateoftheart playroom created in partnership with the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation.
  • ORMC was one of only three facilities in the country to participate in a clinical study to determine the effectiveness of using a 64slice Coronary Computed Tomography
  • Angiography in the Emergency Department as a noninvasive method for quickly diagnosing coronary artery disease.
  • Orlando Regional Healthcare Foundation and Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation raise more than $22 million to further the Orlando Regional mission.
  • Longtime supporter of MD Anderson – Orlando, Women Playing For T.I.M.E.® celebrates its 15th anniversary, and raises $1 million in one year.
  • Air Care Team celebrates the safe transport of its 21,000th patient.
2006
  • Orlando Regional Healthcare cared for the Central Florida community through more than 720,000 total patient visits, including nearly 169,000 to the Emergency Department.
  • Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies opened on May 30, 2006. Since then, the team has delivered the equivalent of two kindergarten classes each day.
  • Orlando Regional Level One Trauma Center at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) installed Central Florida’s first 64slice Computed Tomography (CT) System.
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children announced expansion plans to include a total of 158 licensed beds, Bert Martin’s Champions for Children’s Emergency Department & Trauma Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, pharmacy, onsite blood center, and redesigned atrium and PlayWorks areas.
  • Orlando Regional Stroke Center opened at ORMC.
  • The Cancer Research Institute opened at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando.
  • The Thoracic Care Center opened at MD Anderson – Orlando.
  • The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families introduced a new Teen Xpress mobile unit.
  • The Breast Care Center, including Harriett’s boutique, opened at MD Anderson – Orlando.
  • Orlando Regional Medical Pavilion, an outpatient center, opened on Orlando Regional’s downtown campus.
  • Inaugural ONE NIGHT event raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the Orlando Regional Level One Trauma Center.
  • Orlando Regional Rehabilitation Institute became one of only 23 iBOT® Mobility System fitting and training centers nationally.
  • The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children became the only implant center in Florida for a national migraine study.
  • The Heart Center performed a rare heart surgery on a 16yearold whose heart was nearly split in half in a car crash. Only a handful of successful cases have been reported in world medical journals.
  • Orlando Regional received the prestigious NOVA award from the American Hospital Association (AHA) in recognition of effective, collaborative programs focused on community health.
  • Orlando Regional again selected as a Top 100 Company for Working Families by the Orlando Sentinel.
  • Orlando Regional Healthcare Foundation and Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation raised $21.8 million to further the Orlando Regional mission.
2005
  • Orlando Regional Healthcare was designated an “Employer of Choice” ­ in the top 10 percent of exceptional places to work nationwide.
  • Orlando Regional was one of Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Central Florida Family-Friendly Employers. Orlando Regional was voted among the “Most Wired” for the fourth time in seven years by Hospitals & Health Networks.
  • For the seventh time, MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando was named Florida’s Best Cancer Center by readers of Florida Monthly magazine.
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit celebrated 30 years of helping the tiniest babies.
  • Orlando Regional’s Level One Trauma Center became the first in Central Florida to install the 64-Slice Computed Tomography (CT) System, providing the most detailed images of the body available.
  • Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) installed a 1.5 Tesla Open MRI scanner, providing superior image quality in a fraction of the time of previous open MRIs.
  • ORMC equipped two new endoscopy suite operating rooms with state-of-the-art surgical technology. ORMC introduced the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, providing advantages such as smaller incisions, less blood loss, and shorter recovery periods.
  • Orlando Regional Stroke Center at Orlando Regional Medical Center opened.
  • ORMC introduced remote patient telemetry monitoring on Medical/Surgical Units.
  • Continuing the legacy of the Palmer family, the new hospital on the Orlando Regional campus was named Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.
  • Orlando Regional Lucerne Hospital successfully integrated the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center with its rehabilitation program at the Orlando Regional Rehabilitation Institute, ­the only facility of its kind in Central Florida to offer inpatient brain and spinal cord injury care.
  • Orlando Regional Rehabilitation Institute premiered the iBOT 4000 Mobility System to help people who have lost the use of their legs gain more independence.
  • Orlando Regional Stroke Center at Orlando Regional Sand Lake Hospital opened.
  • MD Anderson ­- Orlando was first in the state to perform a robotic hysterectomy.
2004
  • The Air Care Team, Central Florida’s only hospital-based air ambulance, celebrated its 20th anniversary.
  • Hubbard House, the first of Orlando Regional’s Hospitality Homes, celebrated its 10th anniversary. Orlando Regional Healthcare broke ground on the new Hospital for Women & Babies.
  • Orlando Regional Medical Center announced its new Orthopedic Center and performed a new procedure called the Minimally Invasive Solutions 2-Incision hip replacement technique.
  • Sand Lake Hospital’s new 44,000-square-foot Emergency Department had more than 200 visits a day in the first two months after expansions were completed.
  • South Seminole Hospital celebrated its 20th anniversary, expanded its Emergency Department and opened a new 4,000 square-foot Endoscopy Suite.
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital broke ground on the new Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center.
  • The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children installed Internet-based wireless technology, providing the heart team with instant access to critical patient data.
2001
  • Orlando Regional Healthcare was named Number 4 “Top 100 Company for Working Families” by the Orlando Sentinel.
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlandoreceived the “Best Hospital-Based Outpatient Services” designation by Florida Medical Business.
  • Approximately 2,500 women joined Healthy Woman, Orlando Regional’s free program just for women.
2000
  • ORHS dropped the word “System” from its name, keeping Orlando Regional Healthcare (for marketing purposes only) in response to community input, though our legal name remains ORHS.
  • The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families opened, streamlining children’s advocacy and healthcare services.
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital unveiled its Vision for the Future, a five-phase facility enhancement - a sanctuary for hope and healing.
1999
  • ORHS purchased Lucerne Hospital to streamline care and relieve overcrowding at ORMC.
1995
  • South Lake Hospital partnered with ORHS to bring high quality medical care to south Lake County.
1992
  • ORMC changed its corporate name to Orlando Regional Healthcare System (ORHS) to reflect the growing network of facilities.
  • South Seminole Hospital joined the ORHS family, bringing first-class medical care to the Seminole County area.
1991
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando was created in a joint venture between The University of Texas MD Anderson in Houston and ORMC.
1989
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women opened in the renovated former Holiday Hospital building.
1987
  • Ambulatory Care Center opened for outpatient services.
1985
  • Sand Lake Hospital was built to enhance our growing family of hospitals.
  • Air Care Team helicopter rescue service was established at ORMC.
1983
  • ORMC became a Level One Trauma Center (the highest level care).
1977
  • Orange General and Holiday hospitals consolidated to form the new Orlando Regional Medical Center.
1975
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit opened, one of only six of its kind in Florida.
1972
  • Burn and Tissue Rehabilitation Unit opened.
1967
  • Fifty-bed mental health center opened at Orange Medical Hospital, increasing hospital’s total bed capacity to 800.
1951
  • Orange Memorial became an approved teaching hospital, one of the first in Florida.
1946
  • Name changed to Orange Memorial Hospital in honor of the men and women who served in the world wars.
1938
  • Orange General Hospital Blood Bank, ancestor to the Central Florida Blood Bank, established.
1921
  • First nursing class graduated.
1918
  • Orange General Hospital opened.