Memorial Hospital History
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.
Emergency Room opens
Epworth Hospital acquires electric cardiograph machine.
60-bed hospital addition opens
Epworth Hospital becomes Memorial Hospital of South Bend.
Construction begins on new hospital wing.
Hospital dedicates 13-story, $12.5 million South Tower.
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.
New main entrance and outpatient surgery center opens
Memorial HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum opens
New Surgical Suites open
Memorial Epworth Center begins operation.
Memorial MedFlight acquired new, larger helicopter.
Memorial Hospital made the multimillion-dollar investment of a hybrid operating room, the first in the region.
Beacon Cancer Care Memorial 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.
Groundbreaking on the three-story expansion of Beacon Children’s Hospital.
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.