An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect list of current Lodi Health board members.
By Jennifer Bonnett/News-Sentinel Staff Writer | Posted
Fred Hoffman recently spent some time in the new cardiac unit at Lodi Memorial Hospital. After open-heart surgery at a Sacramento hospital last year, the Herald resident drove to the center on South Fairmont Avenue and rode a stationary bicycle or walked on a treadmill while nurses monitored his heart rate, three days a week for 12 weeks.
Lodi Memorial Hospital is licensed for 214 acute-care beds. Two hospital campuses and several satellite clinics are used to provide a variety of inpatient and outpatient services.
At the beginning of the year, the different sites were placed under a new umbrella known as Lodi Health to better reflect that it is more than just a hospital. The hospital itself is still named Lodi Memorial Hospital.
Medical departments include emergency, maternity, nursery, pediatric, intensive care, telemetry, acute-physical rehabilitation, surgical and medical care. Home-health care and durable-medical equipment are also available.
Lodi Health operates several hospital-based satellite clinics including urgent care, five primary-care clinics, two pre-natal clinics, a pediatric clinic, a pulmonary medicine clinic, an occupational medicine clinic, a wound-care clinic and a free clinic for the uninsured. Most clinics are in Lodi; however, North Stockton, Galt and Ione each have one.
A multi-specialty clinic operates in Lodi with surgery, urology, neurology, cardiology and endocrinology services. A Lodi outpatient surgery center, an endoscopy center and an outpatient surgery center in North Stockton are among Lodi Health’s affiliated businesses.
LMH employs about 1,500 individuals; of those, 144 are on the active medical staff.
Lodi Health is owned and operated by the Lodi Memorial Hospital Association, founded as World War II was coming to an end.
In 1945, local citizens formed the nonprofit group in order to build a hospital for Lodi. They asked neighbors to join their association, and thanks to membership funds and some state health care funding, they brought in $1.1 million in all between 1945 and 1950 when they broke ground on the current hospital site, Farron said. It opened 61 years ago.
Today, the so-called owners of the hospital are members of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Association, remnants from that first association in the 1940s. The organization is separate from the hospital and has its own executive and board.
The hospital foundation raises funds for the hospital’s capital projects such as building the new hospital wing and also has a separate executive and volunteer board whose members provide direction of the executive officer, Rob Wooten. It was founded in 1980, and unlike the association has no membership.
Each April, the LMH Association has a general membership meeting that is open to the membership at large. Anyone can become a member of the association for a one-time lifetime fee of $100. You don’t even have to live in Lodi to be a member. There are currently about 1,750 active members.
The LMH Foundation doesn’t have a “membership,” per se, but instead has supporters of its events and donors. Among its larger events is the annual “Walk for the Health of It,” which pays for hospital equipment.
In 2011, the foundation gave the hospital an unprecedented $2.5 million. Of that, $1.5 million was campaign pledges, while an additional $400,000 came from the foundation to satisfy its own campaign pledge commitment to the hospital. Additionally, the foundation contributed $609,000 for capital equipment of human resource software and an EKG machine.
— Jennifer Bonnett
Lodi Memorial Hospital Association board of directors
Lodi Health is owned by the Lodi Memorial Hospital Association, Inc. Membership in the association is open to anyone for a one-time, lifetime fee of $100. Members participate in annual elections of board members, who provide direction to Chief Executive Officer Joseph Harrington and direct the system’s businesses. These include the hospital, an emergency department, several medical practices and a number of health businesses.
The board has its own set of bylaws that govern them, and members sign a number of agreements such as ethics and confidentiality papers before beginning board service. Members serve for three years, and are allowed three consecutive terms if they choose. They do not receive a stipend.
Each year, the nomination committee of the board meets to recruit and screen potential board members for service, according to Lodi Health spokeswoman Carol Farron.