Progress: Health

April 4, 2012

Hamilton Health Care System

From small community hospital to innovative health delivery system


Total provider

As Hamilton entered the last decade of the century, Hamilton’s changing campus was evidence that it had become a comprehensive health system. The hospital itself had jumped Broadrick Drive in 1989 to add new cancer, outpatient-surgery and maternal and infant care centers, and it would grow again soon with expansion of the emergency department. At the edge of the campus on Thornton Avenue, Hamilton’s new outpatient diagnostics facility was taking shape, and half a block from the Medical Center, across Broadrick Drive from Bradley Wellness Center, a 15-acre site was being prepared for a senior living community. Hamilton was becoming a total provider of health care for the region.

Today, Hamilton Health Care System includes nine affiliates, including:

• Hamilton Medical Center (282-bed hospital that also includes the Hamilton Regional Cancer Institute, Bradley Wellness Center, Hamilton Diabetes and Nutrition Center, Hamilton Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, Hamilton Spine Center, Hamilton Diagnostics Center, Turner Maternal & Infant Care Center, Hamilton Home Health, Hamilton Hospice, Hamilton Weight Management, Hamilton University and Hamilton Convenient Care.

• Hamilton Ambulatory Surgery Center.

• Whitfield Healthcare Foundation.

• Royal Oaks (retirement community).

• Hamilton Emergency Medical Services.

• Hamilton Long-Term Care (including Regency Park, Ridgewood Manor, Quinton Memorial and Wood Dale facilities).

• Whitfield Commons (apartments for low-income seniors).

• Whitfield Place (apartments for low-income seniors).

• Hamilton Physician Group (including Hamilton Cardiology Associates and Hamilton Primary Care).

Constant improvements

Hamilton has kept pace with rapid advances in medical science and continues to upgrade diagnostic and procedural equipment. For instance, in 2009, Hamilton added the da Vinci surgical robot. With 3-D imaging, it is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities to offer a minimally invasive option for major surgery. And in 2010, Hamilton Diagnostics Center added a new Biograph mCT PET/CT scanner, a highly advanced diagnostic imaging system that provides critical information to physicians.  

Hamilton has continued to upgrade its facilities as well. In February, Hamilton officially opened a remodeled service level, which included an updated cafeteria, break area and meeting rooms. And the Westcott Beckler Morrison Unit is in the process of an upgrade to each of its rooms. In the fall, Hamilton plans to renovate and expand its Medical Intensive Care Unit. The project will include expanding the unit from 10 beds to 12, adding two new critical care beds and two psychiatric holding areas. This expansion will improve staff workflow and give families adequate space for visitation.

Guided by deeply involved and knowledgeable trustees, Hamilton continues to meet the needs of the region by attracting board-certified physicians across a wide range of specialties, embracing the latest medical technology and service enhancements, and creating a model campus for medical, wellness and residential programs.

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