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History of Florida Hospital Fish Memorial

For a young hospital built in 1994, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has a long history dating back to 1952 and legendary philanthropist Judge Bert Fish, whose name continues to be revered. In more recent years, Orange City Health Affiliates, Inc., a not-for-profit healthcare company created by Florida Hospital, purchased the West Volusia Hospital Authority’s interest in Volusia Medical Center for $4.5 million in June 1996. The Southwest Volusia Healthcare Corporation continued to operate Volusia Medical Center with Florida Hospital as the managing entity. Volusia Medical Center and the Bert Fish Foundation agreed to rename the hospital to reap the benefits of the strong Florida Hospital name, while also paying tribute to the hospital’s legacy Judge Bert Fish. Volusia Medical Center was renamed Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in April 1998.

Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has a heritage that traces back to Judge Bert Fish. Judge Fish spent his life serving the United States, from his appointment as Reading Secretary to the Florida State Senate at the turn of the century, to the Ambassador role he played with Egypt and Portugal. Though his travels were vast, his heart was never far from Volusia County, Florida. He left behind his wealth to establish the Bert Fish Foundation. The Foundation funds healthcare clinics and facilities in Volusia County to assist in caring for the indigent. In addition, it supports healthcare educational efforts to ensure the latest advances are available to the people of Volusia County.


The contributions made by the Bert Fish Foundation have been an integral part of the success of healthcare facilities and education in Volusia County. In 1952, Fish Memorial Hospital opened in DeLand as a 50-bed facility located on a site donated by the Fish family. It expanded over the years to 97 beds.


The West Volusia Hospital Authority (WVHA) purchased Fish Memorial Hospital. When the time came to refurbish the facility, the WVHA had the foresight to relocate the hospital to a venue that would provide easy access for Orange City, DeBary and Deltona residents. Subsequently, the outpatient clinic called Volusia Medical Center and the inpatient facility called Fish Memorial Hospital were built on the same campus in Orange City and opened in September 1994. Before becoming known as FLORIDA HOSPITAL Fish Memorial, the new facility endured a period of transition as it struggled as one facility operating under dual names: Volusia Medical Center and Fish Memorial Hospital.


Florida Hospital, a partner in establishing the new facility, purchased the remaining interest for $4.5 million from the WVHA and acquired the hospital.

This year saw the opening of Deltona Health Center, a joint effort with the Volusia County Health Department to offer a health services alternative in Deltona.

The outpatient clinic expanded to accommodate the new Center for Radiation Oncology and new clinic entrance.


A new name, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, was chosen to reflect the affiliation with Florida Hospital, give the hospital a single identity, and honor its heritage by preserving the life achievements of Judge Bert Fish. With Florida Hospital's tremendous resources and expertise, the community hospital has continued to thrive with new services.


A $15 million, 56,000-square-foot inpatient tower expansion added three floors and 42 new beds, bringing capacity to 139 beds.


September 1
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial partners and community members took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a two-story, 40,000 square foot medical office building and new north entrance located off of Harley Strickland Boulevard.


July 27
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations awarded Florida Hospital Fish Memorial with the Gold Seal of Approval™ indicating the hospital received full accreditation. The designation meant that Florida Hospital Fish Memorial demonstrated compliance with national standards for patient safety and quality of care.

August 8
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial was named among the 2006 Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies for Working Families.

October 22

Florida Hospital Fish Memorial implemented iConnect, a state-of-the-art automated clinical information system to support the delivery of more effective and more efficient patient care at the bedside.


January 30
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 5 Million Lives Campaign, a national campaign to dramatically reduce incidents of medical harm in U.S. hospitals. The 5 Million Lives Campaign asks hospitals to improve the care they provide in order to protect patients from five million incidents of medical harm over a 24-month period, ending December 9, 2008. It represents a continuation of the largest improvement effort undertaken in recent history by the health care industry.

February 19
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial announced that a study of quality at the nation’s 4,971 hospitals named the hospital as one of the top five percent in the nation and a recipient of the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ two years in a row (2006, 2007). Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is one of 37 hospitals in Florida to receive the recognition from HealthGrades.

Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has also achieved the following:
Recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ – Three Years in a Row (2005 – 2007)
Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services – Four Years in a Row (2004 – 2007)
Received the Highest Possible Star Rating for the Treatment of Heart Failure –Three Years in a Row (2005 – 2007)
Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Respiratory Failure – Three Years in a Row (2005 – 2007)

March 6
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial opened Fish Imaging, an outpatient diagnostic center on the campus of Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. Fish Imaging offers the community the latest in diagnostic imaging technology including: 64-slice CT, 1.5 Tesla MRI, ultrasound, diagnostic X-rays, DEXA scan (bone density testing), and digital mammography, including breast MRI and ultrasound.


February 5
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial opened the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, an outpatient facility offering advanced wound care treatment, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy.


September 20

Florida Hospital Fish Memorial acquired four XarioTM XG ultrasound systems from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., to create imaging consistency across various departments. Consistently high-quality diagnostic images enable the hospital to diagnose patients faster, which results in more efficient treatment for patients and enhanced operational efficiencies for the staff.


July 1
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s Emergency Department initiated a paperless medical record system that improves patient care by expediting charting, minimizing the potential for errors, and enhancing communications among caregivers


June 10

Florida Hospital  Fish Memorial added a third Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) chamber, increasing the number of patients with chronic or non-healing wounds who can be treated.