For the past 57 years, Lodi Memorial Hospital has been faithfully serving people in the Lodi area.
The nonprofit organization, owned by the Lodi Memorial Hospital Association, currently employs 1,300 people; a third of them are nurses and there are 132 physicians on the active medical staff. The hospital is currently licensed for 171 acute-care beds. It has two campuses and seven satellite clinics that provide a variety of inpatient and outpatient services. An expansion project is underway to add a new wing, which will include an additional 90 beds.
Carol Farron, spokeswomen for Lodi Memorial Hospital, said the expansion project is on track and ahead of schedule.
"We hope to be through with construction by this fall. Then we'll begin populating it with furniture and technology to take care of patients. We hope to see patients by the spring of 2010," she said.
She added that the new design will benefit friends and family members because it is "a family centric atmosphere."
"All the rooms will be private and there will be state-of-the-art technology," she said.
South wing expansion at a glance
The hospital expansion will include the following:
- 90 new patient beds
- A new emergency department
- 136,000 square feet of additional space
- Renovation of existing space to expand services in the birthing center, diagnostic imaging, medical ambulatory care, materials management and food service areas.
Lodi Memorial Hospital history
1948: Louis Singer awarded contract to build the first structure; a temporary garage-type building for office space.
1950: A formal ground breaking held at the present site.
1962: LMH celebrates its 10th birthday. Construction on a new, two-story wing begins in August and is completed in October.
1968: Beds overflowing into hospital corridors prompted the expansion to add the hospital's west wing. Volunteer program Pink Ladies was established.
1970: Physical therapy added as a new medical service.
1976: Safety and infection control and education departments added. Expansion plans begin for lab, surgery, ICU, maternity, central supply and dining room.
1981: Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation forms as a way to raise funds for the hospital.
1985: Outpatient drawing lab opens in Galt.
1986: Pharmacy computerizes its patient medication records and inventory control system.
1988: A new 2,500 square-foot physical therapy department is added.
1990: LMH purchases Doctors Hospital of Lodi, now known as the west campus.
1991: The hospital opens West Fitness Center.
1993: LMH inaugurates its Outpatient Surgery and Medical Ambulatory Care program.
1995: A primary care clinic for low income residents opens.
1996: Galt Medical Services, a primary care center for Galt opens.
1998: LMH assumes operation of Camp Hutchins.
Lodi Memorial Hospital services at a glance
- Lodi Memorial Hospital offers 24-hour emergency care along with
maternity, nursery, pediatric, intensive care, acute-physical
rehabilitation, transitional, surgical and medical care.
- Clinical support services include a clinical laboratory,
cardiac-catheterization laboratory, ultrasound, CT scan, nuclear
medicine, x-rays, respiratory, pharmacy and dietary
- There are treatment programs for physical, occupational, speech
and cardiac and wound treatment.
- Community services include adult day care, pre-school care, a
community fitness center, free physician referral, parish-nurse
programs and a free clinic for the uninsured. The hospital also
provides free health screenings at a variety of public events
throughout the year.
- Educational programs include maternal/child classes for
mothers, fathers and siblings; diabetes education; continued
education for RNs, LVNs, CNAs, home-health aides, physicians and
medical technologists. Forums are also offered to community members
on wellness, injury prevention and treatment.