One Hundred Years and Still Counting
To say healthcare has changed over the last 100 years is an understatement. New specialties, new procedures, new medications, and new technology all contributed to that change. What has not changed in Ashtabula County is the strong presence of Ashtabula County Medical Center – and the ability to depend upon ACMC to provide quality healthcare.
Truthfully though, even ACMC has changed: from Ashtabula General Hospital, a small makeshift emergency hospital to Ashtabula County Medical Center, a comprehensive healthcare facility. Throughout its history, the hospital owes it success to the generosity of the people of Ashtabula County and the dedication of the staff, physicians and volunteers. In the early days, the wives of railroad workers folded gauze and made towels, sheets and pillowcases. Today, hundreds of volunteers give countless hours in the gift shop, at the front desk, and in areas of the hospital including the emergency department and endoscopy. ACMC could not operate efficiently or effectively without these precious resources.
As a community hospital, the growth and needs of the community dictate what services ACMC provides. As the community grew, so did the hospital. The following timeline shows the transformation from humble beginnings to state-of-the-art facilities:
1876 Great train disaster enforces need for community hospital
1882 Ladies Railroad Auxiliary formed to care for patients in the temporary hospital
1892 Ladies Hospital League undertakes effort to establish a proper hospital
1902 Ashtabula General Hospital Association is organized
1904 Ashtabula General Hospital opens on June 30; the first patient is seen just after midnight.
1907 First class of nurses graduates from the nursing school
1911 North Wing erected as nurses’ home
1922 Ashtabula Foundation established
1930 Amelia Lewis Nurses Home erected
1947 Campaign launched to build new 150-bed hospital; modern building opens five years later
1963 Ashtabula General Hospital expands to 226 beds
1975 South Wing opens
1983 Ashtabula General Hospital officially changes its name to Ashtabula County Medical Center
1994 ACMC affiliates with The Cleveland Clinic Foundation to bring anesthesia and pain management services to the county; ACMC acquires Glenbeigh Hospital
1995 ACMC and The Ashtabula Clinic merge; ACMC receives the Best of the County Award from the Growth Partnership of Ashtabula County
1998 ACMC becomes an affiliate member of the Cleveland Clinic Health System
2003 Joint Replacement Center and Behavioral Medicine Unit open; outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services relocated to ACMC campus
2004 ACMC celebrates 100 years of caring for the community; the hospital also received the Best of the County President's Award from Growth Partnership
2008 The Cleveland Clinic Cardiac Catheterization Lab at ACMC opens
2009 The ACMC Wound Healing Center opens
2010-13 ACMC is named a Top Workplace in the Cleveland Clinic Metro area
2011 ACMC adds Oncology and Hematology Services
2012 New Digital Mammography and MRI equipment gives ACMC some of the most technologically advanced testing equipment in our area
2014 Conneaut Family Health Center opens
ACMC’s rich history guides the course for the future. Physician recruitment remains at the forefront of our efforts. ACMC successfully recruited three general surgeons in 2004. Bringing additional specialists in obstetrics/gynecology, cardiology, urology and gastroenterology to Ashtabula County is critical if we are to meet the healthcare needs of the community. Facility expansion, including the opening of new birthing rooms and the relocation of several units, will enable ACMC to effectively deliver care to more patients. We are exploring the feasibility of new services, such as a partnership with the Regional Cancer Center to offer clinical trials, to elevate the level of care in our community. We will continue to investigate new technology, like the new mobile PET scanning service now available at ACMC, to ensure our patients and our community have access to state-of-the-art medical care. We will build upon our recent North Coast 99 recognition as one of the best places to work in Northeast Ohio to attract highly skilled and highly compassionate health care professionals. Finally, we will manage ourselves responsibly to ensure ACMC remains a strong economic force that gives back to the communities we serve every day in every way.
Community Needs Assessment
2013 ACMC Community Health Needs Assessment Final Report
2013 ACMC Community Health Needs Implementation Strategy
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Climb aboard ACMC’s Health Express
If you need a ride to your doctor’s appointment or to the hospital for a test, just call ACMC’s Health Express—we’ll pick you up at your front door, take you to your appointment, and bring you back home again.
We’ll Pick You up From…
- N. Kingsville
…and Take You To
- ACMC Rehabilitation Services
- The Ashtabula Clinic
- Ashtabula County Medical Center
- Ashtabula Women's Center
- Dr. Suchada Chaiwechakarn
- Dr. Dan Lazarescu
- Dr. Archie Wilkinson's Office
- Jefferson Family Health Center
- Dr. Laxman Cingireddi
- Dr. David Parker
- Dr. Andi Tirounilacandin
- North Kingsville Family Health Center
- Dr. Jamie Chillcott
- FNP Emily Brown
ACMC’s Health Express is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. To schedule a ride, just call Community Care dispatch at 440-992-1917 or toll free at 1-855-344-7433. Health Express service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call to schedule at least one day prior to your appointment. For more information, visit acmchealth.org.
Health Express is limited to patients who have an appointments or a test at an ACMC facility, and who are able to board the shuttle unassisted by our driver.
The Ashtabula County Medical Center Auxiliary is the oldest volunteer organization in Ashtabula County. With over 200 volunteers, the ACMC Auxiliary assists patients and their families in a variety of ways:
- Gift Shop volunteers assist with stocking and selling merchandise.
- Surgical hosts and hostesses provide for the needs of the families of surgical patients.
- Escorts assist patients during admission and discharge.
- Information desk receptionists provide information and deliver mail and flowers to patients.
- Volunteers bring books and magazines to patients.
- Pastoral care assistants work with the hospital chaplain and area clergy.
- Emergency department volunteers support patients and families.
- Event volunteers help raise funds for patient care equipment and educational materials.
If you are interested in becoming an ACMC volunteer, contact us.
Ashtabula County Medical Center physicians and health experts are available to speak at local events, with community groups, or with local media. Available speakers are experts in their listed field.
ACMC physicians and experts are regularly scheduled to appear on local radio and cable television to discuss today’s health issues. To-date more than 31 cable shows have been produced related to health issues. They have also spoken at community groups and other public events, such as The Lions Club, Northcoast Runners, and more. Our physicians also write health articles for local newspapers, as well as community and trade magazines - dozens of articles have appeared over the past few years.
To discuss scheduling an ACMC physician or health expert, contact ACMC six to ten weeks in advance of your event. Each physician or health expert sets their own speaking schedule, but all are coordinated through ACMC’s Business Development office. Contact Elaine Christen for more information. Phone 440.997.6707, or email Business.Development@ACMChealth.org.