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