Orange Park, FL – Orange Park Medical Center will reach an important milestone on Tuesday, November 18 – the 40th anniversary of the hospital’s actual opening and acceptance of its first patient. Since that day in 1974, Orange Park Medical Center has grown from a small community hospital to a top healthcare provider in northeast Florida.
When the hospital opened its doors it was called Greater Orange Park Community Hospital, a 196 bed facility built by Humana. HCA then bought the hospital years later and the name was changed to Orange Park Medical Center. During these years, the hospital continued to grow, expanding services and infrastructure, and introducing new technology.
Orange Park Medical Center has shown continued commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of the community providing the highest level of quality care and services. Several infrastructure initiatives have taken place over the last few years including:
- Open Heart Surgical Suites (2010)
- Emergency Room Expansion (2011)
- North Patient Tower Expansion (2012)
- Two Story Atrium Lobby (2014)
- Pediatric ER Waiting Area and Pediatric ER Rooms (2014)
Current expansion includes the Pediatric Inpatient Department slated to open in 2014 and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in early 2015. Residents will begin Orange Park Medical Center’s GME program in July 2015.
“To see this facility today and how it’s grown since we opened the hospital 40 years ago is truly remarkable,” said W. Raleigh Thompson, MD, one of the founding fathers of Orange Park Medical Center. “While we knew this community would have a growing need for healthcare over the decades to come, we could never have imagined the impact Orange Park would have on the community, nor the size to which it has grown. I and fellow founding fathers, Henson Stephens and Dr. Tom Harden are extremely proud of this hospital and its accomplishments.”