Pekin Hospital

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History

When Pekin Memorial Hospital first opened its doors in 1913, World War I was about to begin, Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as the 28th President of the United States, and a federal income tax was introduced through the 16th Amendment.

On the healthcare side, a diphtheria immunity test was discovered and Albert Schweitzer opened his hospital in Lambarene, Congo.

Amid such grand world events, it's understandable that the opening of a small Midwestern hospital with 20 beds did not attract the attention of national or world media, but events such as these are what indicate true progress in small and large communities alike.

1913

Pekin Hospital chartered by a group of citizens lead by F.C. Gale, J.E. Russell, Walter Teis Smith, A.L. Koeneke and W.R. Curran.

1918

First permanent building opened on 14th Street with 20 beds - Land donated by the Erhlicher Brothers & wives

1934

Second attached building opened at Park Ave. and 14th Street and included quarters for nurses who earned $1 per day plus room and board

1955

Fundraising by local citizens financed construction of a six-story addition on Park Avenue to accommodate growth and new services

1960

Establishes the first hospital-based home health care program in the state

1964

A six-story patient services tower was added at Court Street & 14th Street

1976

Two stories were added to the patient service tower, bringing it to its current eight stories

1986

$10 million building project expanded Surgery, Pharmacy, Radiology, Gift Shop, and added a restaurant, the current lobby and the Park Court Medical Office Building

1999

State-of-the-art Emergency Room constructed and opened in 2000

2000

Pekin MRI added to the hospital family

2004

New 16-bed, $1.2 million Surgical Unit opens

2005

Recipient of the Lincoln Silver Award for Progress Towards Excellence for demonstrating sound and notable continuous improvement processes

2006

State-of-the-art Outpatient Imaging Center opens

2006

Becomes one of only two hospitals in the state with the prestigious international designation as a Baby-Friendly birth facility

2007

Arrival of The Baby Place, a $1.4 million renovation of the OB/GYN department

2008

Recipient of Employer of the Year award from the Employers' Association

2010

Named one of the nation's top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America

2012

Opens new $1.5 million, all-private, six-bed Pediatric Unit

2013

$2 million renovation adds 16 new private patient rooms

 

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Pekin, IL 61554
309-347-1151
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