Monday, January 15, 2018

ABANDONED: Everglades Memorial Hospital


Everglades Memorial Hospital opened in 1936 in Pahokee, but was later privatized and renamed to Everglades Regional Medical center in 1986. By 1991, this hospital was closed by the Health Care District Board, and medical care was instead focused on a different, near by hospital. A series of lawsuits then erupted between the Health Care District board and the hospital, ultimately culminating in the hospital's financial ruin. It was finally officially shut down in 1998, but remains standing to this day - although stripped nearly completely of any hospital supplies. 

Pahokee is a small city of under 10,000 residents, located on the shore of Lake Okeechobee. This is one of Florida's oldest cities, and once thrived due to it's agriculture. Today, however, this town is economically depressed, as evidenced by the many abandoned businesses and buildings that line the streets. 





It's the small, remaining details in places like this that make them so magnetic, to me. Things like: teddy bear wall paper that once lined a pediatric room, stripped cabinets that still hold labels for surgical tools, procedural notes for incoming patients...

and, oddly (for a place like this), intact light-bulbs. Also, so. many. toilets.


















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