From Houses to Hospitals

Improving Healthcare in the 1920s

Showing Through July 2022

Richard & Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum

Festivities for Good Samaritan Medical Center’s 100th anniversary were curtailed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, an event that led to questions about how and why healthcare changed radically during and after World War I. From Houses to Hospitals examines how Palm Beach County’s modern healthcare system developed, expanding during the Roaring ‘20s. 

As the medical field adopted new standards of care, Americans became aware of how quickly diseases could spread. They supported the efforts of their physicians to build first-class accommodations for all, even as they remained segregated. In West Palm Beach, wealthy winter residents, Black and White citizens of more modest means, and newspapermen all joined the call to raise funds for Good Samaritan and Pine Ridge hospitals. Soon everyone was clamoring for better facilities. 


The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum

Admission is FREE to the public. The museum is located on the 2nd floor of the restored 1916 Courthouse at 300 North Dixie Highway, in downtown West Palm Beach.

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