On May 24, 1916, an idea sprung forth by two physicians and local citizens to build a local hospital that would care for the Central Florida community. Two years later, Orange General Hospital was open to the public on November 1st, 1918. In 1921, Orange General Hospital would usher forth a long prestigious teaching legacy by graduating its first nursing class. In 1926, demand for care was so critically high, that the Board of Governor authorized the construction of a north wing with 50 more patient beds.
By 1946, World War II drew to a close and Orange General Hospital was renamed, Orange Memorial Hospital in honor of those who served in the war. A merger in 1977 with Orange Memorial Hospital and Holiday hospitals changed the name once more to Orange Regional Medical Center. And in 1992 to Orlando Regional Medical Center became Orlando Regional Healthcare System with the addition of facilities in Seminole County. Orlando Regional Healthcare System would transition into the current Orlando Health name in 2008. Reaching new heights for the care of its community, Orlando Health opened its new 10-story high addition, the North Tower, on January 12, 2015.
Currently, this collection includes the nursing school's yearbook, "The White Cap" named after the quintessential head piece adorned by first year nursing students known as "probies" (short for probationary) after a formal "capping ceremony" held during the first year. The publication series ran from 1947-1973. Orlando Health Library Services digitized copies of The White Cap yearbooks in recognition of Orlando Health's nursing history and as a means to share this legacy to the Central Florida community.
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