Our History

Hendry Regional Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital that incorporates modern technology with state-of-the-art medical staff to care for its patients. At HRMC, we understand that caring for your health is a team effort. You'll find our staff to be courteous, respectful, and enthusiastic in serving your healthcare needs. You are more to us than just a name on a chart. Our highly trained staff of employees, physicians, and volunteers will work closely to provide you with the utmost in quality care. We know that hospitalization is never an entirely pleasant experience, but we'll do our best to make you as comfortable as possible and treat you like family. We realize that 'there's no place like home,' so if you're a patient at our facility, we'll try our best to get you home and in better health as quickly as possible.

History of Hendry Regional Medical Center - Clewiston, Florida
In 1929, a small building on the Ridge, was remodeled into an 18-bed hospital. The building had served as the original home of Southern Sugar Company and The Clewiston Company. The physician in charge at that time was Dr. F.L. Tatum with Dr. W.O. Rigby, Dr. Samuel Simmons and Dr. O.F. Schiffli on the staff.

First hospital on the ridge

The original Watanabe Hotel was demolished and a second Watanabe Hotel was built on North Francisco Avenue (on the site of the present day Elks Lodge). In 1937, U.S. Sugar Corporation purchased the building and remodeled it into the Clewiston Emergency Hospital. The physician in charge was Dr. W.O. Rigby. Later, the facility's name was changed to Sugarland Hospital, with Dr. A. B. Johnson as the chief physician. The hospital, a subsidiary of U.S. Sugar, was losing money annually and it was closed in October of 1945. Dr. Johnson maintained offices in the building, and it was used for a County Health Clinic.

Second Hospital

Hendry General Hospital was constructed after formation of the Hendry County Hospital Authority Board and with a receipt of a federal grant under the Hill-Burton Act. The new facility opened on April 1, 1951 as a 50-bed facility and a 20-bed expansion in 1958.

Hendry General Hospital

In 1995, the name of the hospital was changed from Hendry General Hospital to Hendry Regional Medical Center, as it is known today.

Hendry County is one of several created in 1921 from the much larger DeSoto County. The name honors Francis Asbury Hendry, a famous cattleman and early settler. The name 'Hendry' in Hendry Regional Medical Center reflects the county it serves.

Open Admission Policy

It is the policy of Hendry Regional Medical Center to admit and treat all persons without regard to race, color, sex, handicap, national origin, or religious creed. Admission requirements and assignments of hospital facilities are the same for all persons. There are no distinctions in eligibility for receiving any patient care services. Hospital facilities are available to all patients and visitors.


Hendry Regional Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission. This means that we voluntarily submit to evaluations of our compliance with nationwide hospital standards on a continuing basis. The Joint Commission accreditation is your assurance that HRMC practices continuous quality monitoring to provide you with state-of-the-art healthcare.

Donations Policy

Hendry Regional Medical Center Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

Should you wish to donate to the HRMC Foundation, there are a variety of ways in which you can help your hospital, and at the same time, help yourself. Any contribution that you may wish to make can be in the form of: cash, honor memorials, annual giving, planned giving, gifts-in-kind and more.

To donate now, please complete our Donate-online form. For more information, contact the Hendry Regional Medical Center Foundation at 863-983-2735.

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