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
Location Lima, Ohio, United States
Care system Mercy Health Partners
Hospital type Roman Catholic
Affiliated university None
Emergency department Yes
Beds 425[1]
Helipad FAA LID: 94OH[2]
Founded 1918
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.


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 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 which housed modern operating, delivery and X-ray rooms, more office space and an additional 150 beds. Just nine years later, it again became apparent that new facilities, additional beds, and a School of Nursing building would be needed to keep St. Rita's Hospital on the updated move to provide 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 covered walkways, ponds, water fountains, gardens and a track for walking and running.[3]

Inside the Medical Center, additional space has been created to accommodate families whose involvement in the healing process is essential. The spacious rooms within the Medical Center not only provide a private and therapeutic environment for healing but also an aesthetic appeal with the presence of glass atriums, greenery, and decorative water details.

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 Heart and Vascular Center and now offers 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.

Other facilities[edit]

The St. Rita's Medical Center provides other facilities across the region including two Urgent Care locations in Lima, Ohio and regional locations 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.


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.


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.


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 in Auglaize County.


  1. ^ "Mercy Health St. Rita's Medical Center". Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "AirNav: – St Rita's Medical Center Heliport". Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
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External links[edit]

For more information about St. Rita's Medical Center or the city of Lima, Ohio, visit the links below.