Walker Memorial Medical Center (Florida, US)

A 201-bed general acute care medical center with campuses in Avon Park, Lake Placid, and Wauchula, Florida, owned and operated by Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Health Care Corporation. Prior to opening as a hospital on Jan. 6, 1948, the Spanish-style structure on the shores of Lake Lillian had been a resort hotel in the 1920s, and an Air Force training center during World War II. After the war Avon Park residents appealed to the Highlands County Commission to establish an area hospital. In 1946 an agreement was reached with the Orlando-based Florida Sanitarium and Benevolent Association to convert the hotel into a hospital. In June 1947 the U.S. War Assets Administration gave the Highlands Lake Hotel and its surrounding property to the association with the provision that $150,000 needed ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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