1935: Through his last will and testament, Alfred I. duPont, industrialist, scientist, musician, inventor and philanthropist, established a Trust which provided for the formation of The Nemours Foundation, named for the duPont family’s beloved homeland in France.
1936: The Nemours Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to the health of children, is incorporated in Florida.
1940: The Alfred I. duPont Institute is opened in Wilmington, Del., under the medical direction of Alfred R. Shands, MD. The Nemours Foundation’s first health care institution; it quickly becomes world renowned for clinical and research in the field of pediatric orthopedics.
1968: G. Dean MacEwen, MD, succeeded Dr. Shands as medical director of the Alfred I. duPont Institute.
1976: Nemours Board of Directors expanded the Institute’s mission to encompass more pediatric diseases.
1979: First phase of the Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware in Wilmington, Del., is completed.
1981: Nemours established Nemours SeniorCare to provide programs and health services including dental, vision and hearing, for low-income seniors throughout the state of Delaware.
1981: Nemours purchased the Hope Haven Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.
1982: Nemours announced its first President & CEO, W. Jeffrey Wadsworth.
1983: Nemours Children's Clinic, a complementary outpatient and ambulatory care facility adjacent to the Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, opened in Wilmington, Del.
1984: The Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware is completed.
1991: Nemours Children’s Clinic, a comprehensive pediatric subspecialty ambulatory care system, is opened in Jacksonville, Fla.
1995: The award-winning KidsHealth.org is created through the Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media, offering millions of parents, kids and teens trusted health information from leading pediatric experts.
1996: Nemours Children’s Clinic is opened in Orlando.
1996: Nemours Children’s Clinic is opened in Pensacola, Fla.
2002: Nemours Board of Directors expanded the Foundation’s mission, adding “leadership” as an avowed part of its purpose and deleting the limiting words “acute” and “chronic.”
2002: To support the expanded mission, a new operating division, Nemours Health & Prevention Services, is chartered to articulate and promote holistic health and preventive care for children, beginning in Delaware.
2005: Nemours celebrated the fifth anniversary of deploying a fully integrated electronic medical record, integrating an unprecedented 20 specialties across our children’s health system.
2005: Nemours BrightStart! is launched in Duval County, Florida, to provide free screening and intervention services for preschoolers at risk of reading difficulties.
2005: Nemours announced plans to seek regulatory approval to build a freestanding children’s hospital in Orlando.
2006: Nemours Board of Directors welcomed six new members, who in addition to Richard Christopher (who was appointed a year earlier) formed a majority of “non-Trustees” to help fully realize the design of Nemours as a leading children’s health system.
2008: Nemours received regulatory approval to begin construction of a medical campus and freestanding children’s hospital in Orlando.
2009: Nemours broke ground on the Lake Nona medical campus in Orlando.
2011: Nemours celebrates “sky-breaking” for the expansion of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital in Wilmington, Del.
2012: Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando is opened, making Nemours the only pediatric health system in the nation with two freestanding children’s hospitals.
2014: The 450,000-square-foot expansion of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital opened, featuring the soaring five-story Anthony N. Fusco, Sr. Atrium, all single-patient rooms, doubled-in-size emergency department, underground parking garage and rooftop healing garden.
2014: Nemours CareConnect — our 24/7, on-demand telehealth service — launched.
2018: Our Value-Based Services Organization (VBSO), covering commercial and Medicaid patients across Delaware and Pennsylvania, launched to help transform the current health system from a model that pays for sickness to a model that pays for health.
2018: The Nemours App launched, providing an integrated, personalized point of access to help families manage their child’s health and keep clinicians in the loop between appointments.
2019: The 40,000-square-foot Cardiac Center at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida, is opened.
2019: Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida welcomed its first ever class of pediatric residents.