Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) history began more than a half century ago when a group of far-sighted local residents joined forces to build a community hospital.
The group, which operated as the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Association (WPMHA), was successful. The doors to Winter Park Memorial Hospital opened in 1955 and it continues to expand in size and programs providing the community with first class health care facilities.
For nearly 40 years, WPMHA operated the hospital, broadening its trusted role of tending to the community’s expanding health care needs. In 1994, the Association forged a partnership with Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation to manage and co-own the hospital. Winter Park Memorial Hospital continued to thrive and the Association looked outward to address the health and wellness needs of area residents through community outreach services and facilities.
The Association began doing business as the Winter Park Health Foundation, developing and opening the Elinor & T. William Miller, Jr. Center for Older Adult Services, the Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center and the Center for Health & Wellness, as well as providing a wide variety of outreach programs. In 2000, WPHF sold its remaining interest in Winter Park Memorial Hospital and the Foundation became a private foundation.
Today, operating as the Winter Park Health Foundation, we strive to build a healthier community through a creative mix of grants, projects, partnerships and facilities. The Foundation’s primary focus areas are children and youth, older adults and community health.
WPHF, long a trusted leader addressing health and health care issues, continues to be a catalyst for information gathering, research and collaboration.