Memorial Hospital History

1893

Epworth Hospital founded.

1901 – 1902

New brick, four-story hospital built. Hospital grows from three patient beds in a converted house to a 50-bed "modern" hospital – complete with maternity room and operating room – in the first building in South Bend designed specifically as a hospital. Total building cost is $87,509.96.

September 28, 1924

New wing of hospital dedicated. The Women's Board is reorganized to assist in furnishing and maintaining the new wing of the hospital. The new wing is dedicated on Sept. 28. Total construction cost is $450,000.

1929

Emergency Room opens

1934

Epworth Hospital acquires electric cardiograph machine.

1943

60-bed hospital addition opens

1945

Epworth Hospital becomes Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

1956

Construction begins on new hospital wing.

1973

Hospital dedicates 13-story, $12.5 million South Tower.

1984

Memorial Health System founded — Memorial Health System, Inc., serves as the parent company Memorial Hospital, as well as Memorial Health Foundation, Memorial Home Care, Beacon Children's Hospital and Memorial Medical Group.

1991

New main entrance and outpatient surgery center opens

2000

Memorial HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum opens

2009

New Surgical Suites open

2011

Memorial Epworth Center begins operation.

2013

Memorial MedFlight acquired new, larger helicopter.

2013

Memorial Hospital made the multimillion-dollar investment of a hybrid operating room, the first in the region.

2014

Memorial Regional Cancer Center formed a partnership with the Mayo Clinic that allows physicians at both Memorial Hospital in South Bend and The South Bend Clinic to enroll patients in national clinical trials.

2015

Groundbreaking on the three-story expansion of Beacon Children’s Hospital.

2016

Memorial Family Residency Program and the adjoining Beacon Medical Group E. Blair Warner nearly doubled their size with the opening of a $4.5 million expansion that features new exam rooms, additional patient-care areas, larger teaching rooms and radiology services.