It was August 1st, 2004 that Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center (HRLMC) opened its doors in Lititz for the first time. With the full service hospital’s 10 year anniversary quickly approaching, Heart of Lancaster is hosting a Community Celebration on its campus August 1st, 2014 from 4pm-8pm.
“I was here the day we broke ground, the day we opened the doors in 2004 and will be here as we celebrate 10 years serving Lititz and Lancaster County,” said HRLMC Administrator, Deborah Willwerth. “In addition to providing quality, compassionate care, we are committed to giving back to our community through outreach events, donations, and sponsorships. We also provide jobs to hundreds in the community and last year paid $2.3 million in taxes and provided $8.2 million in uncompensated care. We thank the community for entrusting us with their care these past ten years.”
HLRMC is also thanking the community by hosting their “10 Year Anniversary Community Celebration” on the HLRMC campus Friday, August 1st from 4pm to 8pm. The free event includes Disney’s Doc McStuffin’s Toy Check Up hosted by Radio Disney Junior (from 5pm-7pm). Children should bring their favorite stuffed animal or toy for a “check up.” The event also includes the AmeriBrain® and AmeriHeart® interactive walk through inflatables, health screenings, demonstrations from the Northern Regional Police and the Lititz Fire Company, including a wrecked car demonstration showing the consequences of texting while driving. The event is also hosting a raffle benefitting the Warwick Community Chest. Food will also be available for purchase.
While the Lititz location is 10 years old, Heart of Lancaster’s history actually dates back to the early 1920s. It was the wives of seven osteopathic physicians that came together to organize a clinic in the Woolworth building in downtown Lancaster. With its continued growth, a decision was made to purchase a larger site to build the Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital on Cottage Avenue in 1927. By 1929, the shell of the hospital was built but it was left untouched for ten years due to the Great Depression. It wasn’t until 1942 that the Osteopathic Hospital of Lancaster opened, with a 35 bed capacity. As the hospital continued to grow, new additions were built and the name was changed to Lancaster Community Hospital.
Since then, HLRMC has become a full-service 148 bed hospital with recent expansions to its NICU and future plans to expand its Women’s Place Labor & Deliver unit. Most recently the hospital performed the first single-site robotic hysterectomy, created a 24/7 pediatric program and was named a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for the third year in a row.
For more information regarding the 10 Year Anniversary Community Celebration and services at HLRMC, visit heartoflancaster.com .