Memorial Medical Center (Springfield, Illinois)

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Memorial Medical Center
Memorial Health System
Memorial from 1st and Miller streets
Location Springfield, Illinois, United States
Coordinates 39°48′31″N 89°39′17″W / 39.808580°N 89.654616°W / 39.808580; -89.654616Coordinates: 39°48′31″N 89°39′17″W / 39.808580°N 89.654616°W / 39.808580; -89.654616
Funding Non-profit[1]
Hospital type Teaching, Research, & Referral
Affiliated university SIU School of Medicine
Standards Joint Commission[2]
Emergency department Level I trauma center[3]
Beds 500[1]
Founded April 19, 1897; 120 years ago (1897-04-19)[4]
Lists Hospitals in Illinois

Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is a 500-bed non-profit teaching hospital located in the Springfield, Illinois. Founded in 1897,[4] Memorial Medical Center is one of two hospitals in the Springfield metropolitan area. It also is home to the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, a 72,000 square foot educational learning center.[5] MMC is accredited by The Joint Commission and is recognized as a Magnet hospital.[2][6] In 2016, the hospital was the first within Illinois to be awarded the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety in patient care by the American Hospital Association.[7][8]

In the year 2015, Memorial Medical Center had 24,469 admissions, 65,821 emergency room visits, and 19,973 surgical procedures.[1][9] The Echocardiography and Vascular labs are Intersocietal Accreditation Commission accredited.[10] Inpatient rehabilitation programs at the hospital are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).[11]

Memorial Medical Center has been a teaching hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine since 1970 in order to provide training for medical residents. UIC College of Nursing, Benedictine University, Lincoln Land Community College, and other educational institutions teach nursing education programs at the hospital.[12][13][14]


The hospital originally opened on April 19, 1897, as Springfield Hospital and Training School with twelve patient beds at the corner of Fifth Street and North Grand Avenue.[4][15] The original hospital was affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, but in 1931 the church broke ties with the hospital. In 1941, the hospital was renamed to Memorial Hospital. A new building was erected in 1943 at its current campus location at First and Miller Streets with a patient capacity of 270.[16] The first kidney transplant in Springfield occurred at the hospital on October 21, 1970. The procedure lasted for five hours and the patient previously had a heart valve replaced just under nine months earlier.[17] In 1974, the hospital was renamed to its current name, Memorial Medical Center.[18]


  1. ^ a b c "Illinois Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Health Care". Illinois Department of Public Health. Illinois Department of Public Health. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Quality Report". The Joint Commission - Quality Check. The Joint Commission. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "State-designated Trauma Centers by Region". Illinois Department of Public Health. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "A Shooting Victim". Illinois State Journal. 20 April 1897. 
  5. ^ "Memorial Health System learning center sets stage for care improvements". State Journal-Register. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "ANCC - Find a Magnet Hospital". American Nurses Credentialing Center. American Nurses Credentialing Center. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Quest for Quality Prize Honorees" (PDF). American Hospital Association. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Olsen, Dean. "Memorial Medical Center becomes first hospital in Illinois to win national award for quality, safety". The State Journal-Register. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Memorial Health System Annual Report" (PDF). Memorial Health System. p. 28. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "IAC Accredited Facilities". Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Provider Profile". CARF International. Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  12. ^ Dettro, Chris (24 September 2014). "UIC College of Nursing to offer bachelor's degree program at UIS". The State Journal-Register. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "50 years later, LLCC still filling a need for affordable higher education". The State Journal-Register. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  14. ^ Dettro, Chris (3 September 2016). "Benedictine seeking to repurpose vacant buildings". The State Journal-Register. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  15. ^ Campbell, Bruce (1976). The Sangamon Saga: An Illustrated Bicentennial History of Sangamon County. Phillips Bros. Inc. p. 360. 
  16. ^ "Springfield Hospital and Training School". SangamonLink. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  17. ^ Daly, Robert (5 November 1970). "Kidney Patient Heading Home". Illinois State Register. p. 1. 
  18. ^ "Health System History". Memorial Health System. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 

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