Bethesda Hospital East

About Us

 



Bethesda Hospital East - Our History 
 

As the flagship of Bethesda Health, Inc., Bethesda Hospital East is a fully accredited, community, not-for-profit hospital offering a full array of healthcare services through our Centers of Excellence. 

Bethesda Hospital East opened its doors in 1959 with 70 beds, a medical staff of 32 physicians, 65 employees and a mission to serve the community. At that time, the Hospital's founders made a decision to establish Bethesda as a not-for-profit hospital. For over 50 years, the commitment to preserving this status has not wavered.

It is this commitment to our community that has allowed Bethesda to grow and become a 401-bed, community, not-for-profit hospital with a mission "to provide quality health services in a caring manner."

With 525 physicians in more than 40 areas of specialty, and a hospital staff of more than 2,300 employees, Bethesda Hospital East, and its affiliates, offer a full array of healthcare services including:

  • Comprehensive cancer care
  • Comprehensive cardiovascular services
  • Orthopaedics
  • Maternity services including a Level III neonatal intensive care unit
  • Advanced Primary Stroke Center
  • Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation
  • Wound care and hyperbaric medicine
  • And more

 

Building for a Lifetime

 

1957 Groundbreaking ceremony for Bethesda Hospital East
1959 Hospital opened with 32 doctors and 70 beds
1959 First baby born at Bethesda
1969 A rock from the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem was sent to the Hospital by former Boynton Beach residents. It remains on display in the Main Lobby of the Hospital.
1980 A witty sign placed in front of the Hospital succinctly expressed Bethesda's community ownership. . . priceless!
2000 Bethesda's most aggressive expansion and renovation plan was presented and initiated: $100 Million Community Challenge Campaign
2005 The 28-bed Cornell Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine opened on the 3rd floor of the Hospital to serve the needs of patients requiring orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation.
2005 The Bethesda Stroke Center became a Certified Primary Stroke Center, the first of its kind in Palm Beach County
2008 The Bethesda Heart Hospital, a 39-bed, heart hospital opened to provide the most comprehensive level of cardiovascular services for the area's rapidly growing population.
2008 The Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Endovascular Center opened to allow surgeons to care for patients with vascular problems using minimally invasive procedures.
2009 Bethesda Hospital East, the first, not-for-profit, community hospital built in South Palm Beach County, celebrated its 50th Anniversary on February 9, 2009.
2010 Landmark groundbreaking of Palm Beach County's newest hospital, Bethesda Hospital West, on May 25, 2010.
2013 Bethesda Hospital West opened its doors on January 8, 2013. This 80-bed, all-private room hospital will serve the western communities of Boynton Beach.