Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital
2013 proved to be a big year at what was formerly known as Memorial Medical Center. A $14.7 million expansion was finished late August, and changes included the hospital's main entrance being moved facing US-10 rather than in the back by the emergency entrance. There is a covered area where visitors and outpatients enter to the left and emergency patients to the right. The new and larger Emergency Center will include two trauma rooms and over 20 private exam rooms. The surgery area has also expanded, with an additional operating room (bringing the total to five) and private recovery rooms. There have been improvements to outpatient areas, such as laboratory, medical imaging, and cardiopulmonary. One main corridor for public foot traffic is now in place, reducing the confusion that now exists when trying to find certain destinations within the hospital. Perhaps one of the biggest additions will be a new helipad, to be put in place to the east of the hospital. This is critical when patients need to be moved quickly to a larger facility, such as Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.
In addition to the physical changes to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, other changes are taking place within the building. They have now partnered with Spectrum Health, allowing access to more specialties in the medical field. Hospitalists are also working within the hospital, which began May 2013. Hospitalists are staff doctors who specialize in treating patients in the hospital. They partner with the patient's primary physician, but are in the hospital 24 hours a day, preventing wait-time for a doctor to arrive. On October 1, 2013, Memorial Medical Center was renamed Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.
From its inception in 1906 as Paulina Stearns Hospital on north Washington Avenue, to its present location on Ludington Avenue--Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital continues its goal of caring for the community. We owe the birth of our hospital in 1906 to a group of tenacious women who would not give up the idea of building a hospital. The friends of Paulina Stearns had a vision, and set about getting the men in the community to agree. Justus Stearns, a local businessman and lumberman, donated $1,000 and the use of his home, and the Paulina Stearns Hospital went into operation, named after his wife who died in 1904.
After 33 years, the hospital moved into a new building across the street in August 1940. It contained 30 beds, and because it was during the WWII years, only four doctors served the hospital. Once again, women volunteers from the community helped keep the hospital afloat during the lean years.
With the development of new medical technology and equipment, expansion was necessary again in the 1960s. Since there was no room to grow on Washington Avenue, property on east Ludington Avenue was purchased for the new hospital. In 1967, a 76-bed facility was completed, and was re-named Memorial Hospital of Mason County. In May 1981, the hospital celebrated its 75th anniversary, and changed its name for the third time to Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan. In 2013, it became Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.
Today, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital continues to expand and upgrade its buildings and services and has over 40 physicians on staff, in various areas of medicine, including:
- Family Practice
- Internal Medicine
- General/Vascular Surgery
Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital also features Home Health Care, Rehabilitation, 24-hour emergency department, specialty clinics--and for women, a birthing center, mammography, bone densitometry and ultrasound services. A kidney dialysis center was added to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital in 1996, and in 2000, became the first hospital in Michigan and only the fourth in the nation to become certified to the quality standard of ISO 9002. A Women's Imaging Center opened in 2009, allowing women to have mammograms and bone density tests in a separate and private area.
In August 2008, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital was ranked in the top 5% nationally for patient safety. This means that out of 5,000 hospitals around the country, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is one of 249 hospitals to receive this accolade, and only one of 13 hospitals in Michigan. Patients here had a 43% lower chance of encountering medical errors compared to hospitals with a poor performance. The study was done by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare rating organization. This proves the dedication of Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital when it comes to improving patient care and evaluating new technologies.
A few women with a dream--into what it is now--a regional medical center serving thousands of people in West Michigan. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital--leading the region in the pursuit of optimal health.
For more information about the Ludington hospital, contact:
Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital
1 Atkinson Dr
Ludington, MI 49431