Our History

A Rich History of Compassionate Health Care


Health care in Edgerton got its start in a small, two-story home owned by Edith Lockwood, a registered nurse. The personal hometown care provider by Lockwood became the hallmark of health care in Edgerton, Milton and the surrounding areas. She believed it was important to give of herself and her resources to provide personal health care for others. (To learn more about Edith Lockwood click here.)  


Volunteers from the Service Star Legion created a community-owned, non-stock, tax-exempt corporation and raised funds for the construction of the original red brick hospital on a hill west of downtown.


Memorial Hospital opens. The name was 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.

Late 1950s

Memorial Community Hospital had its first major expansion, which was funded by the contributions of many individuals. The facility was expanded to included new emergency and operating rooms, radiology and a laboratory.


A new building expanded the number of beds and added the rehabilitation and dietary departments as well as provided space for a long-term care nursing home.


Home health care and a swing bed program were added, and a two-story addition was built. This increased the size of the emergency department and intensive care unit.


In December, the hospital’s official name was changed to Edgerton Hospital and Health Services to better reflect the services offered to area communities.


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.


The new 18-bed, environmentally-friendly critical access hospital opened with its Healthy Village mission.