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.
Keeping pace with local growth
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 our services and facilities have changed dramatically: from a leased mansion to a multi-facility health care provider of today.
In 1902, Lake County’s first chartered hospital was formed when the New Connecticut Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) started 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, about 3,000 team members, and multiple facilities. What’s more, about 1,000 volunteers provide their time and talent on a daily basis.
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 (LHS), a private, not-for-profit entity
1996 - Mentor Campus opens; LakeEast Family Birthing Center is remodeled
1997 - StealthStation is installed for performing brain and spinal cord surgery
1998 - LHS partners with University Hospitals on Lake/University Ireland Cancer Center (now called Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman 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 LakeWest Hospital; LakeWest Hospital unveils luxurious Family Birthing Center; Mentor Surgery Center is established through a joint venture with physicians
1999 - LakeWest Hospital 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 Lake Hospital
2002 - LHS celebrates 100th anniversary; Mentor Medical Campus adds open MRI unit; LakeWest ORs are expanded and renovated; LHS is named one of Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals; LHS earns NorthCoast 99 award as 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 NorthCoast 99 award for second consecutive year
2004 - Center for Comprehensive Rehabilitation opens at LakeEast Medical Center; Chardon Campus opens; LHS earns NorthCoast 99 award for third year in a row; Center for Geriatric Psychiatry adds eight beds; Multi-slice CT scanners (8- and 16-slice) installed at LakeWest Hospital; 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 NorthCoast 99 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 NorthCoast 99 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 NorthCoast 99 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 LakeWest; Wound Care Center opens at LakeWest; LHS earns NorthCoast 99 award for seventh year in a row
2009 - LHS partners with Perry School District and opens the Perry Walk-in and Primary Care Center; 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 opens the Painesville Quick Care Center; Lake Health earns Stroke Center certification, Chest Pain Center designation and Urgent Care Center certification
2010 - Lake Health opens a comprehensive Balance Center, and breaks ground for a free standing ER at the Madison Campus; earns NorthCoast 99 award for ninth straight year
2011 - Lake Health opens Willoughby Physical Therapy in the Willoughby FitWorks; completes the free standing ER at the Madison Campus.
2012 - Lake Health celebrates its 110th Anniversary; Lake Health/University Seidman Cancer Center is recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program; Lake Health receives the 2012 American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines Gold Quality Achievement Award for heart failure; Lake Health earns the NorthCoast 99 Award for the 11th year in a row.
2013 - Lake Health opens the Bariatric Surgery Center; is recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2012; earns Joint Commission Advanced Diabetes Certification; receives the 2013 American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines Gold Quality Achievement Award for heart failure; earns the NorthCoast 99 Award for the 12th year in a row.
2014 - Lake Health earns a coveted 3-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for strong performance in quality and patient outcomes in heart bypass surgery; adds robot-assisted surgery; introduces its patient portal; adds the Geriatric Assessment Program (GAP); added 3D mammography; Lake Health Physician Group introduces a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care; opens a quick care clinic at the Madison Campus; introduces the Wellness Walk, a nature trail open to the public on the TriPoint campus.
2015 - Lake Health opens retail pharmacies at TriPoint Medical Center and West Medical Center; partners with Great Lakes Mall to support the Mall Walking Program and Kidgits events; offers online check-in for walk-in care; earns a Gold Healthy Ohio Worksite award from the Ohio Department of Health and the Healthy Ohio Business Council; earns an "A" rating in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, released by independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group
2016 - SOM Center Campus opens, offering access to primary care, physician specialists and diagnostics; Lake Health named one of the 13 top hospitals with the highest safety ratings in Ohio for CT scans by Consumer Reports; brings back House Calls, providing in-home medical visits to patients who are housebound
2017 - Lake Health opens the Continuing Care Campus in Concord Township, which includes the Center for Comprehensive Rehabilitation and the Center for Geriatric Psychiatry; partners with Manna Isle Ohio and a group of 20 local, independent physicians to build a 69,800 square foot specialty hospital at Chagrin Boulevard and Richmond Road in Beachwood; Lake Health Physician Group was selected by The Studer Group as one of its 2017 Excellence in Patient Care award-winning organizations; the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Treatment Center was designated a Center of Excellence by Healogics, the nation’s leading wound care management company; the Perrico Health Campus opens in Mentor, providing OB/GYN and internal medicine providers, physical therapy, lab and imaging; NorthCoast 99 names Lake Health one of northeast Ohio’s 99 Best Places for the 16th consecutive year
2018 - The Mentor Wellness Campus opens, housing the medically based LiveHealthy fitness center with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, 3 pools and more; urgent care; integrative medicine providers and services; family practitioners; physical therapy with warm-water therapy; sports medicine; lab; x-ray; and an open MRI.