Arnold Palmer Hospital Milestones

Growing Strong Together

Thanks to support from the community, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has grown into a leading medical institution recognized nationally for its innovation, groundbreaking programs and advanced medical procedures.

Here’s just some of what you’ve helped us achieve:

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women & Children opens its doors.

After years of progress and service, the hospital is able to pursue two large initiatives:

The “bigger and better” care philosophy continues as we break ground on Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center.


The Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit celebrates 30 years of helping the tiniest babies.


A groundswell of positive change achieves new milestones for our patients and their families:      

  • Construction joins Arnold Palmer Hospital to the newly opened Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, where the Women’s Center moves.
  • A 16-year-old whose heart was nearly split in half in a car crash is saved by a rare heart procedure performed by the Children’s Heart Institute. Only a handful of successful cases have been reported in medical journals worldwide.
  • The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families introduces Teen Xpress, a new mobile unit.
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children announces expansion plans for 158 new licensed beds and its Level One Trauma Center, Pediatric ICU, pharmacy, on-site blood center and redesigned atrium and PlayWorks areas.
  • The Howard Phillips Center receives the 2006 Ernest Amory Codman Award by The Joint Commission — recognizing the HUG-Me program, which helps prevent HIV transmission to children.


The momentum of change continues as:

  • The Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund Starlight Site unveils a state-of-the-art playroom created in affiliation with the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
  • The Pediatric Sports Medicine Program is announced, specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, education and prevention of sports injuries in young athletes.
  • The Howard Phillips Center receives the 10th Annual Ernest Amory Codman Award for its documented success in the prevention of HIV transmission from mother to baby. 


The Hewell Kid's Kidney Center opens as the first dialysis center in Central Florida exclusively for kids.


The hospital receives the 2013 FHA Community Benefit Achievement Award based on services provided by the Howard Phillips Center.


The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Children becomes the largest NICU in the United States with 142 beds.


Through a generous donation from the Haley family, Arnold Palmer Hospital designates its cancer center as The Haley Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Acknowledged Nationally

Along with these milestones, Arnold Palmer Hospital has consistently been recognized as a national leader in multiple specialties. Since 2008, these touchpoints of excellence have made us a Best Children’s Hospitals in the U.S.

See this year’s rankings.

Learn how the community makes us stronger.