Community Memorial

50 Years of Community Memorial Hospital Milestones

1958 – In April Community Memorial Hospital is incorporated and the Hospital Board of Trustees is formed.

CMH Main Entrance

Community Memorial Hospital opened on July 1, 1964.

1964 – Auxiliary of Community Memorial Hospital is formed.

1964 – On July 1, the hospital opens for business with 61 beds, 16 physicians and 70 staff members.

1965 – Physical Therapy Department is established.

1967 – The first Joint Commission survey is held, and hospital accreditation is achieved.

1968 – With hospital occupancy at 106.5%, expansion plans begin.

1970 – First major building project results in an increase to 133 beds. The 2nd floor added; new OB Department/Pediatric Unit/Surgical Unit; ICU Unit established; expanded surgery.

CMH Nursing Tower Completed

An aerial view of the Community Memorial Hospital campus in the 1970s.

1974 – 10th Anniversary: The hospital grows to include 70 medical staff members and 450 staff members.

1975 – Day surgery program is implemented.

1977 – Nursing tower is completed (through third floor), increasing the bed total to 208.

1977 – 24-hour in-house physician coverage begins in the emergency department.

1983 – Cardiac Rehab Program starts.

1985 – Hospital-based Home Care Program is developed.

1986 – Inpatient rehabilitation unit opens.

1989 – LindenGrove opens on hospital campus.

1989 – Community Memorial Foundation launches.

1989 – Mental Health Center opens.

1991 – Worker Assessment and Rehab opens on Main Street.

1992 – Sports Medicine Center is added on Main Street.

1993 – Cancer Care Center opens.

Guests tour the new Cancer Care Center when it opened in 1993.

1994 – Outpatient Care Center opens.

1994 – Ambulatory Surgery Center opens – Joint Venture with Medical Associates and
Falls Medical Group.

1996 – Fourth and fifth floor addition to the nursing tower is completed, increasing the inpatient bed capacity to 237.

1996 – Northwest addition opens.

1996 – Breast Care Center opens.

1996 – Community Café and Community Health Resource Center opens.

1996 – Parish Nursing Program is implemented.

1998 – Palliative Care Program is implemented.

1998 – Community Memorial Hospital website is created.

1998 – Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) Organization is formed.

1999 – Center for Pain Management is implemented.

1999 – Community Recovery Center opens at Main Street site.

2000-Spirit of Caring Awards Established

Dr. Douglas Clark greets a newborn in the Birthing Center.

2000 – Spirit of Caring Awards Program is implemented.

2000 – Community Outreach Health Clinic opens.

2000 – Special Care Nursery with Level II capability opens.

2001 – Froedtert & Community Health affiliation is executed.

2001 – Fifth floor is completed with the addition of 20 surgical patient rooms.

2002 – Sub-basement, lower level and first floor of the north central addition is completed.

2002 – Board Room and Conference Center is completed.

2003 – The Heart & Vascular Center and new OR suites open.

2003 – The Prayer Shawl Ministry Program starts.

2003 – The new Birthing Center opens.

Women's Center opens.

The campus in 2005 shows the continued growth of the hospital.

2003 – The Women’s Center opens.

2004 – Hospitalist Program launches.

2004 – Nurse Practitioner Program is implemented in Occupational and Women’s Health.

2004 – A collaborative relationship is established with Rogers Memorial Hospital to provide oversight for Community Memorial Hospital’s Mental Health service line business planning and strategic development.

2004 – Community Workforce Health is formed through restructuring of the CHORUS Occupational Wellness Program.

2004 – The Epic Information Technology System installation begins.Through a multi-phased approach, an electronic medical record is implemented.

2005 – Community Memorial Hospital is designated as a Level III Trauma Care Facility by the State of Wisconsin.

2005 – The hospital is designated as an approved facility for carotid artery stenting by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

2005 – Community Memorial is awarded the designation as a UnitedHealthcare Premium Cardiac Specialty Center.

2005 – Renovation of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit results in 16 private rooms.

Healing Garden Opens

The Healing Garden opened in 2006, funded entirely by donations.

2006 – The Healing Garden opens.

2006 – A new dialysis area opens on the lower level.

2007 – Community Memorial Hospital is designated as a Premium Center of Excellence for Total Joint Replacement, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology and Electrophysiology by UnitedHealthcare.

2007 – A Nurse Residency Program is put in place.

2007 – A Life Planning/Palliative Care Program is initiated.

2007 – The Mental Health Center is renovated into a unit offering 16 private rooms.

2008 – Community Memorial Medical Commons opens.

2008 – Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab moves to Community Memorial Medical Commons, along with Workforce Health.

2008 – Community Memorial Hospital acquires a Da Vinci Robot for the Surgery Center. The robot is initially used for cardiac, urologic and gynecologic surgeries.

2009 – Epic Phase 1 goes live.

2009 – Community Memorial Hospital participates in the first Drug Collection Program through Waukesha County, collecting 719 pounds of expired or unused medications.

2010 – Community Memorial Hospital receives certification as a Level III Trauma Center through the State of Wisconsin.

2010 – Community Memorial Hospital becomes part of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network.

2010 – A new system brand, Froedtert Health, is introduced.

2010 – An onsite Intensivist Program is introduced in the ICU.

2010 – The Rehab and Sports Medicine Center and Worker Assessment and Rehabilitation Center located on Main Street are relocated to a new space at Community Memorial Medical Commons.

2011 – A new linear accelerator is installed in the Cancer Care Center, funded by the Community Memorial Foundation.

2011 – The first phase of a Surgery Services renovation is completed with the opening of a new Post-Acute Care Unit and Home Today Surgery registration/waiting area.

Cancer Care Center Renovations Complete

The renovated Cancer Care Center provides a soothing environment for patients.

2011 – Renovations in the Cancer Care Center are complete. The area is expanded and completely renovated, including radiation oncology, medical oncology, exam rooms and physician areas. A dedicated pharmacy area is also added.

2012 – The Inpatient Rehabilitation unit expands from 13 to 17 beds.

2012 – The final phase of the Surgery Services expansion is complete. This phase includes a new interventional radiology suite in the OR, new GI lab, two new fully integrated ORs and an upgrade to wireless video in four older OR suites.

2012 – The Telestroke Program is launched, giving ED staff round-the-clock digital and video interactions with stroke specialists at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

2013 – Work begins on a project to reclad the exterior of the north and south additions of the hospital. The project will provide greater energy efficiency and a fresh, modern look.

Orthopaedic, Sports and Spine Center Opens

The Orthopaedic, Sports and Spine Center opened in early 2014.

2013 – A new system brand, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, is introduced.

2014 – The Medical College of Wisconsin Orthopaedic, Sports and Spine Center opens on Pilgrim Road. Rehab and sports services from Community Memorial Medical Commons and Germantown are consolidated at this location.

CMH 50 Years of Caring