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This week in history: Good Samaritan Hospital opens in West Palm Beach

On May 19, 1920, the area’s first permanent hospital opened on the lakefront in West Palm Beach with 35 beds. By 1928 Good Samaritan had grown to 135 beds, with state-of-the-art operating rooms and a Class A rating from the American College of Surgeons.

Read more about the history of the medical community in Palm Beach County from the Palm Beach County Medical Society.

Good Samaritan Hospital in 1920 (Photo Courtesy Historical Society of Palm Beach County)

The hospital and surrounding area in 1927. Note that this is before Flagler Drive was constructed. (Photo Courtesy Historical Society of Palm Beach County)

In the 1940s (Photo Courtesy Historical Society of Palm Beach County)

Good Samaritan Hospital and the surrounding area in the 1950s (Photo Courtesy Historical Society of Palm Beach County)

The hospital today (Palm Beach Post file photo)

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Posted in Flashback blog May 17, 2010 at 6:30 am.

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