St. Rita’s through the years: 1968-2018


Turning 75

1968 – 1983

• 1970 — St. Rita’s first to successfully treat rabies

• 1977 St. Rita’s Hospital becomes St. Rita’s Medical Center to better reflect services provided and the communities served

• $17 million building program is completed

• Eight-story patient tower opens, includes new emergency room with first CAT scan

• 1978 — Same-day surgery begins

• First dedicated oncology unit opens

• 1982 — First satellite facility opens, Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center

Last 25 years

1983 — 2018

• 1983 — Hospice services begin (one of the first in the state)

• 1985 — Allison Radiation Oncology Center opens

• Town Square celebrity series begins to benefit hospice

• 1992 — Chest Pain Center opens

• 1993 — Medcare Clinic opens

• Occupational Health Center opens

• Roof-breaking for new century project

• 1996 — Neighborhood Nurse program begins

• 1997 — Easy Street Rehab opens

• First open heart surgery

• Lifeflight service begins

• 1998 — New Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center and Medical Park in Glandorf opens mobile health van

• 1999 — Women’s Wellness Center at St. Rita’s opens

• 2001 — Regional cancer center completed

• 2004 — $130 million expansion project announced

• 2006 — St. Rita’s first medical campus in the area to go tobacco-free

• 2007 — Medical center of the future opens

• 2016 — Allen County’s largest employer with 3,000 workers

• 2017 — Established the St. Rita’s Neuroscience Institute

• 2017 — Name changed to Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center

• 2018 — 100-year anniversary

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