St. Rita's Medical Center

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St. Rita's Medical Center
St Ritas Medical Center.jpg
View of St. Rita's from the pathway
Geography
Location Lima, Ohio, United States
Organization
Care system Mercy Health Partners
Hospital type Roman Catholic
Affiliated university None
Services
Emergency department Yes
Beds 150+
History
Founded 1918
Links
Website http://www.stritas.org
Lists Hospitals in Ohio

St. Rita's Medical Center is a large hospital serving a 70-mile radius of Lima, Ohio, United States. It was started in 1918 by Sisters of Mercy, an order of Roman Catholic women founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland in 1831.

There are also separate facilities in Delphos, Glandorf and Wapakoneta that serve other parts of the region for rehabilitation, orthopedics and other medical services.

History[edit]

In 1918, the Sisters of Mercy opened a hospital in Lima, Ohio.

St. Rita's was the fulfillment of a dream of the Right Reverend Monsignor A.E. Manning, the Reverend William Tobin and Mother Bernardine McMullen, R.S.M. At the time of its opening, the hospital was not completely finished, but was opened in order to administer care to victims of what was probably one of the first and most devastating epidemics to plague the Lima area, the Spanish Flu influenza pandemic of 1918.

Through the coming years, St. Rita's expanded to add more beds and services to meet the healthcare needs of the community. In 1948, a seven-story addition to the original building was completed, housing modern operating, delivery and X-ray rooms, more office space and an additional 150 beds. Just nine years later, it again became apparent that in the not too distant future new facilities, additional beds and a School of Nursing building would be needed to keep St. Rita's Hospital on the move to providing quality medical care for the people of Allen and surrounding counties.

After 59 years as St. Rita's Hospital, on March 9, 1977, the hospital name was changed to St. Rita's Medical Center.

In 2007, St. Rita’s opened “The Medical Center of The Future.” The campus now looks more like a university campus stretching six blocks with easy access, convenient parking, covered walkways, ponds, water fountains, gardens and a track for walking and running.

The expansion is even more exciting inside the Medical Center. Cutting-edge technology and spacious rooms allow patients to recover in a private and therapeutic setting. Additional space has been created to accommodate families whose involvement in the healing process is essential. Glass atrium, greenery and water create a sense of calm.

The corridors of the modern looking High Street Walkway lead patients to their physicians’ offices and to the new High Street Café and Courtyard Café.

The Henry & Beverly Hawk Heart Center expanded services in 2008 and became The Henry & Beverly Hawk and Vascular Center with vascular screening tests for blockages in the carotid artery, blockages in the legs from peripheral arterial disease and Aortic aneurysm, bulging of the main artery.

St. Rita's has, over the years, emphasized long range planning and keeping completely up-to-date not only with the most sophisticated pieces of equipment, but in medical procedures and services to the community. In 2008, St. Rita's purchased Lima Allen County Paramedics (LACP) and operates the service of emergency/911 response, interfacility transfers, and Ambulette transports.

Sisters of Mercy[edit]

The Sisters of Mercy found St. Ritas in 1918 after their group was started in 1831. The sisters take vows for poverty, chastity and obedience, the evangelical counsels commonly vowed in religious life, and also vows of service. They continue to participate in the life of the community. The organization is active in lobbying and politics as well.

Other facilities[edit]

The St. Rita's Medical Center provides other facilities across the region in Delphos, Glandorf, and Wapakoneta.

Lima urgent care[edit]

St. Rita’s added St. Rita’s Westside Luke-Urgent Care (formerly) Luke Medical Center, 2195 Allentown Road, Lima, OH 45905 and St. Rita’s Eastside Urgent Care, 967 Bellefontaine Avenue, Lima, OH 45804 to compliment urgent care offered at Delphos Ambulatory Care Center in Delphos, OH.

Delphos[edit]

The Delphos Ambulatory Care Center, located in Delphos, offers urgent care, outpatient services and specialty physician clinics to the people of Allen and Van Wert counties in Ohio.

The center accepts appointments for the following services or tests.

Glandorf[edit]

The Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center located in Glandorf provides a 24-hour emergency care for patients in the Putnam County area who need immediate care, rather than being transported to Lima.

The following tests or services can be completed at the ambulatory care center for greater patient convenience.

Wapakoneta[edit]

St. Rita's Medical Center provides comprehensive rehabilitation services at the YMCA in Wapakoneta, which works with St. Rita's to provide the following rehabilitation services.

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Coordinates: 40°44′30″N 84°7′4″W / 40.74167°N 84.11778°W / 40.74167; -84.11778