|City/Town: • Belle Glade|
|Location Class: • Medical|
|Built: • 1965 | Abandoned: • 2009|
|Status: • Abandoned|
|Photojournalist: • David Bulit|
Glades General Hospital is a former hospital located in the city of Belle Glade which cared for the residents and agricultural workers living in this rural part of the state. The main building was originally built in 1965, with an addition to the operating room suite that was built in 1984. Adjacent to the main hospital building is the Memorial Wing built in 1944 and was part of the original hospital. After the construction of the main building, the wing housed the hospital’s administration, doctor’s offices, and storage facilities. A second addition to the hospital was built in 2000 which housed obstetrics.
In 1998, Everglades Memorial Hospital in Pahokee shut down with all service being consolidated to Glades General, with Everglades Memorial subsequently being abandoned. Glades General Hospital would eventually share the same fate as Everglades Memorial. In 2004, the Palm Beach County Health Care District assumed ownership and operations of Glades General. Just two years later, the District Board decided on constructing a new regional hospital to replace Glades General Hospital as it had sustained damages during Hurricane Wilma in 2005, and also the facility was considered out-of-date. The hospital operated until its closure in October 2009 when it was replaced by the newer $73-million Lakeside Medical Center, a 70-bed public regional hospital built less than 5 miles away.
The Palm Beach County Health Care District sold the hospital in 2010 to Miami development firm Castello Brothers for $250,000. The thought was the property would be used for migrant housing. The Castello Brothers had previously done another project in the Glades, called Belle Glade Gardens. But the migrant housing plan never materialized.
In 2015, the property was sold again for $1.8 million to Passages Malibu, a drug and alcohol treatment center based out of Malibu, California. They are hoping to renovate the building at an estimated cost of $3 million to $10 million and open it as a rehabilitation center. As of 2020 though, the building remains vacant. The property is under the surveillance of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office who have made a number of arrests at the vacant building in the past few years.