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History

Wood County Hospital was founded in 1951 with support from the Wood County community. Wood County residents believed so much in the hospital back then; they played a key role in its early development. They sold blankets, went door-to-door asking for donations, held bazaars, and even sold a heifer to generate funds to make sure those early years were healthy.

The trust and respect that has accrued over its lifetime is built on a tradition of “being there” for Wood and Henry County residents – in good times and bad – 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. There is no time when you could ask for help that it would not be there for you.

Today, with over 700 individuals employed, the Hospital is proud to be a valuable resource, ready to serve our community. We believe the strength of the community lies in having excellent health care close to home, with neighbors caring for neighbors. We’re proud to say that our community can depend on us.

 

 

Wood County Hospital Timeline

The following is a timeline of expansions and upgrade projects in the hospital's 60 year history, with the majority of the dates provided by Roger Chapman's book, Doctors on Horseback.  

  • 1951   Wood County Hospital opens with support from community members.
  • 1954   First addition adds 19 beds to the third floor.
  • 1962   First two floors of the north wing are built.
  • 1964   New emergency room constructed.
  • 1970   Extensive expansion of two floors, including addition of 42 beds, new surgery unit, new coronary and intensive care units, recovery room and more
  • 1974   Construction of medical building lower level and first floor.
  • 1978- 80  Extension upgrading and renovation, including addition of 42,000 sq. ft.
  • 1982   Renovation of maternity ward and addition of 12,600 sq. ft. on third floor and south hall.
  • 1993   Expansion of 35,000 sq. ft. renovation of admissions, emergency room, lab and physicial therapy.
  • 2000-1   Major construction and renovation, including upgrade of E.R., new rehabilitation building, replacement of power house, new front entrance and more. The brand new Maternity Ward opened with 8 birthing suites in a home-like atmosphere and a fully equipped nursery. 
  • 2005   MRI unit installed
  • 2009   The Wound Healing Center opened, treating patients using specialized outpatient care and hyperbaric oxygen for chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions.
  • 2010   Construction of 100,000 sq. ft. addtion with 10 new surgical and procedure rooms, 56 private rooms completed. New Women's Center opened. The Center for Weight Loss Surgery became nationally accredited through 2018.
  • 2013   BGSU and Wood County Hospital partnered to create the Falcon Health Center, enhancing student health care while benefiting the broader community.
  • 2014   The Maurer Family Cancer Care Center opened a new facility, bringing cancer care closer to home.
  • 2016   A new MRI unit was installed. A new Intensive Care Unit is set to open the end of 2016. 

 

"Wood County Hospital has had an almost constant upgrading and expansion of its original building, making it seem like an old-fashioned quilt," wrote Roger Chapman in his book, "It Started with Doctors on Horseback." The book is a history of medicine which marked the 50th Anniversary of Wood County Hospital in 2001.