A Rich History of Compassionate Health Care
Health care had its origins in Edgerton in 1920, in a small two-story
home owned by Edith Lockwood, a registered nurse. The personal hometown
care rendered by Lockwood became the hallmark of health care that has continued
in the Edgerton, Milton and surrounding areas for over 80 years. She
believed it was important to give of herself and her resources to provide
personal health care for others, and it was that message that the Service
Star Legion used as the cornerstone of the first hospital to serve the
area. These volunteers created a community-owned, non-stock, tax-exempt
corporation in January 1921 and raised funds for the construction of the
original red brick hospital on a hill west of downtown Edgerton in August
1923. The name given to the new hospital was Memorial Hospital (‘Community’ was
added later) in honor of the World War I servicemen and women. From
the very start, the intention was to make the hospital a place where patients
could obtain personalized health care and also feel at home by providing
a sense of peace and community, which was initially enhanced with the addition
of a porch that spanned the entire end of the building with a view of the
Nearly 36 years later, Memorial Community Hospital had its first major facility expansion, which was funded by the contributions of many individuals. The facility was expanded to include new emergency and operating rooms, radiology and a laboratory. In 1970, a new building expanded the number of beds and added the rehabilitation and dietary departments, and also permitted development of space into a long-term care nursing home. In the 1980’s, Home Health Care and a swing bed program were added and a two-story addition was built, which increased the size of the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.
Over the years, Memorial Community Hospital has offered many services and provided compassionate health care to countless patients. In December 2005, the hospital’s official name was changed to Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, Inc. to better identify the more inclusive nature of all the services offered to area communities, and, in 2008, the hospital and Care Center agreed to part ways, allowing the Care Center to have a 501(c)(3) non-profit status of its own.
In addition to the many services offered, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, Inc. has grown to be a vital part of the local economy and is currently the largest employer in the City of Edgerton with over 160 employees that were paid over 6 million dollars in wages and benefits in 2005. Edgerton Hospital will continue to pride itself on providing compassionate care by passionate people.