Holmes Regional Medical Center
The Holmes Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital operated by Health First. It is located in Melbourne, Florida. It is a 514-bed facility, including the only level II trauma center in Brevard County.
In 2010, the hospital had 38.8% of the patient admissions in the county, 23,250, twice what its nearest competitor in the county admitted.
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In 1928 Dr. Isaac Hay opened what is now considered the first local hospital from which the current hospital traces its origin.
In 1937, the new hospital opened on US 1.
In 1953, James E. Holmes was elected to the Board of Governors, serving as its president for the next 25 years, until 1978.
In 1954, bed capacity was increased to 60.
In 1956, the city granted the hospital 10 acres (4.0 ha) on what is now the current site on Hickory Street.
In 1962, the hospital expanded to 181 beds in a four story building.
In 1963, there were 47 active and associate members. Hospital staff was 400.
In 1966, the hospital cared for 10,421 patients, 1,420 new babies and 37,165 outpatients.
In 1969, the north wing was added bringing the total capacity to 331 beds.
In 1978, as Holmes retired from the board, the hospital was named after him.
In 1983, 206 beds were added costing $43 million.
In 1986, the hospital constructed what was then the region's only complete caridovascular program.
In 2011, it had 55.1% of its admissions through the emergency room, less than any other hospital in Brevard and below the state average of 61.6%. Some of this difference can be explained by procedural differences in how hospitals admit patients.
In the year ending June 2010, there were 899 hospitalizations for angioplasty, the most selected surgery.
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- "From Humble Roots to Nation's Top 50". Merritt Island, Florida: Space Coast Medicine and Healthy Living. March–April 2009. pp. 97–99.
- McClung, Chuck (November 11, 2011). "Holmes president steps down". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 4B.
- McClung, Chuck (December 24, 2012). "Wuesthoff admissions mirror rest of Florida". Florida Today. Melbourne, Florida. pp. 1A.
- Jenks, Susan (22 February 2011). "Angioplasty tops popular surgeries". Florida Today. Melbourne, Florida. pp. 1D.