Lake Health evolved from a grass roots effort born of community need. Today, technology has changed the way we deliver health care, but community need remains the focus of our existence.
Over 100 years ago community leaders established Lake Health to provide high-quality care in a community setting. Our mission hasn’t varied over the last century, but the services we offer and the facilities available to residents in and around Lake County have changed dramatically through the years.
In 1902 Lake County’s first chartered hospital was formed when the New Connecticut Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated a drive to provide a hospital for the Painesville area. Just two years later, the Painesville Hospital Association opened its doors in the Stephen Matthews residence on Washington Street.
The early days of Painesville Hospital were characterized by financial difficulties and “growing pains” caused by the exploding population. In 1924, the Lake County commissioners took control of Painesville Hospital, and it officially became Lake County Memorial Hospital. The hospital operated as a county facility until it became a private entity in 1985 when the not-for-profit, charitable organization known as Lake Hospital System assumed operations. In June 2009, Lake Hospital System changed its name to Lake Health in recognition of its focus on health and wellness.
Today, Lake Health provides high-quality health care to residents in and around Lake County through a comprehensive network that includes more than 500 physicians, over 2,600 team members, and 16 facilities. What’s more, over 800 volunteers provide their time and talent on a daily basis.
From its beginning in a leased mansion to the 16-facility health care provider of today, Lake Health dedicates all of its efforts to meeting the health care needs of Lake County and surrounding communities.
Milestones in Lake Health History
1959 - New Lake County Memorial Hospital-East opened with 141 beds
1961 - Lake County Memorial Hospital-West opened in Willoughby with 185 beds
1985 - Lake County Memorial Hospitals become Lake Hospital System, a private, not-for-profit entity
1997 - StealthStation is installed for performing brain and spinal cord surgery
1998 - LHS partners with University Hospitals on Lake/University Ireland Cancer Center, bringing state-of-the-art cancer care to Lake County; Madison Campus moves to a new, expanded facility; LHS partners with The Cleveland Clinic to bring open-heart surgery to West Medical Center; West Medical Center unveils luxurious Family Birthing Center; Mentor Surgery Center is established through a joint venture with physicians
1999 - West Medical Center cardiac catheterization lab is renovated; Center for Geriatric Psychiatry opens at West Medical Center
2000 - LakeEast ORs are expanded and remodeled; LHS implements clinical browser, giving physicians online clinical data; PET scanner comes to Mentor Campus
2001 - LakeWest ER is expanded and renovated; Hi-speed CT scanners are installed at West Medical Center
2002 - LHS celebrates 100th anniversary; Mentor MedicalCampus adds open MRI unit; LakeWest ORs are expanded and renovated; LHS is named one of Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals; LHS earns NorthCoast99 award, making it one of 99 best places to work in northeast Ohio
2003 - Center Road Walk-in Center moves to expanded space on Tyler Blvd., Mentor; LHS announces plans to build new hospital in Concord Township ; 16-slice CT scanner installed at Mentor Medical Campus; Monitored Care Unit opens at LakeWest, featuring all private rooms; LHS named one of Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals for cardiovascular care; LHS earns NorthCoast99 award for second consecutive year.
2004 - Center for Comprehensive Rehabilitation opens at LakeEast Medical Center; Chardon Campus opens; LHS earns NorthCoast99 award for third year in a row; Center for Geriatric Psychiatry adds eight beds; Multi-slice CT scanners (8- and 16-slice) installed at West Medical Center; LHS acquires Laurelwood Hospital; LHS signs agreement for Clinical Information System with Siemens; LakeEast ER is expanded and renovated
2005 - Physician Office Pavilion opens at LakeWest; LHS earns NorthCoast99 award for the fourth consecutive year.
2006 - LHS named 100 Top Hospital by Solucient for the second time in three years; LHS receives the "Making Medicine Mercury Free" award from Hospitals for a Healthy Environment; LHS earns NorthCoast99 award for the fifth consecutive year.
2007 - LHS breaks ground for TriPoint Medical Center, scheduled to open in Concord Township in fall 2009; LHS expands Madison Campus, adding physician office space; first phase in electronic medical record (EMR) system goes live; LHS earns NorthCoast99 award for the sixth straight year.
2008 - LHS opens new Willowick Medical Campus, replacing the former walk-in care facility and adding services; Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic opens at LakeWest; Madison, Chardon, Willowick, and Tyler Walk-in Care centers transition to urgent care centers; LHS introduces Integrated Medicine program; renovated catheterization lab opens at West Medical Center; Wound Care Cener opens at West Medical Center; LHS earns NorthCoast99 award for seventh year in a row; construction on TriPoint Medical Center remains on budget and on schedule for a fall 2009 opening.
2009 - LHS partners with Perry School District and opens the Perry Walk-in and Primary Care Center, LHS’ ninth facility; Lake Hospital System changes its name to Lake Health, emphasizing its focus on health and wellness; TriPoint Medical Center opens on October 21, that same day Lake Health's tenth facitlity opens, the Painesville Quick Care Center. Lake Health earns Stroke Center certification, Chest Pain Center designation, and Urgent Care Center certification.
2010 - Lake Health aquires three Spectrum Diagnostic Imaging sites located in Mentor, Willoughby Hills, and Lyndhurst, and opens a clinic in the Middlefield Walmart Supercenter, increasing the number of facilities to 14. Lake Health also opens a comprehensive Balance Center, expands it's Sleep Center services, and breaks ground for a free standing ER at the Madison Campus. Lake Health earns NorthCoast99 award for ninth straight year.
2011 - Lake Health opens Willoughby Physical Therapy located within the Willoughby FitWorks. Lake Health also completes the free standing ER at the Madison Campus, and opens a clinic located in the Madison Walmart Supercenter, increasing the number of facilities to 16.