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6/16/11 06:22PM

Retired local Physician, Dr. Alan J. Snider, to become "Centenarian" on June 30th.

Help celebrate and honor the Life and Times of Alan J. Snider, D.O., Founder of Sun Coast Hospital in Largo on his upcoming 100th birthday (June 30). Go to for more information on how to send your birthday wishes.

Largo, FL - The Sun Coast Osteopathic Foundation invites the  community to help celebrate Dr. Alan J. Snider's upcoming 100th birthday.  To honor this special occasion, the Foundation is collecting birthday cards and online messages from his friends, family members, former colleagues, employees and community leaders to send to Dr. Snider on his 100th Birthday on June 30. 
Simply go to for more information on how to send your birthday wishes.  Homemade and store-bought birthday cards can be mailed or delivered directly to the Foundation office at 2101 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, Florida 33774.  All cards (online and mailed) must be received by 5 pm on Friday, June 24 to be delivered in time for his birthday.
Dr. Snider's childhood dream to build a hospital came true in January 1957 and that dream continued to grow into the Sun Coast Hospital in Largo.  In five decades, the hospital grew from a 24-bed facility to a full-service, 200-bed acute care medical and surgical non-profit teaching hospital.  The life and times of Dr. Snider are intimately intertwined with the founding of the hospital, which ultimately became for-profit upon its sale in 2008.
It’s estimated that over 1,000 Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine have trained as interns and residents at Sun Coast Hospital, which is now Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. "No one physician has influenced the growth of Osteopathic Medicine on the West Coast of Florida more than Alan J.  Snider, D.O.," stated Karen Nichols, D.O., President of the American Osteopathic Association (A.O.A.).  Dr. Nichols presented Dr. Snider with the prestigious national award called “Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine.”  The award is reserved for A.O.A. members who made pivotal decisions and took decisive action at critical times for the Osteopathic profession. The award was presented at the 2011 Annual President's Dinner of the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society. 
The Sun Coast Osteopathic Foundation, formerly the Sun Coast Hospital Foundation, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to the fulfillment of Dr. Snider's dedication and service to the City of Largo and surrounding communities. For further information, please call 727-483-0661 or visit
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