Memorial Hospital of Union County has seen many changes since opening its door in 1952 and 2009 was no exception.

Memorial Hospital of Union County has seen many changes since opening its door in 1952 and 2009 was no exception.

As Marysville and Union County grew, the hospital has continued to evolve to meet the health care needs of the residents it serves.

Cardiovascular and heart health services saw significant development in 2009. Memorial Hospital partnered with The Ohio State University Medical Center to strengthen community heart care service in Union County. The Heart Partnership will expand cardiac offerings close to home, including construction of a multi-use cardiac catheterization lab.

Other diagnostic services will be part of The Heart Partnership, including those offered by the cardiopulmonary department (stress tests, EKGs, echocardiograms, vascular ultrasound, tilt studies, TEE, etc.).

The Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP) was brought to Union County by Dr. Matthew Everett and a team of specially-trained staff. The only program of its kind in central Ohio, in its first six months CHIP has graduated more than 60 participants from the eight-week, 16-session program. Graduates have reported lowering cholesterol by an average of 14 percent and losing an average of 12 pounds, through lifestyle changes.

Memorial Hospital was also recognized as a Top 10 Finalist for the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers 2009 Hospital of the Year Award. The nationwide award is designed to find America's most customer-friendly hospitals. Memorial Hospital is the only facility in Ohio to make the Top 10.

Memorial Hospital also acquired several cutting-edge technologies, including digital mammography, Patient Archiving and Communication System (PACS), which makes x-rays and other images electronically accessible, and becoming the second facility in the state to offer the high-end diagnostic tool known as the Dual Source CT.

Memorial also transitioned to high definition imaging in surgery to allow for more opportunities for minimally invasive surgery, reduced discomfort, and faster recovery times.

The hospital also recently purchased a 90-acre tract of land from The Scotts Company LLC, located at the northeast corner of state Route 33 and Scottslawn Road. The hospital does not have immediate plans for the land and will allow Scotts to continue using the land for at least three years. As The acquisition complements the recently established Mill Valley Medical Building, home to Marysville Pediatrics and Marysville Orthopedics, LLC.

Hospital leaders say a continued emphasis will be placed on recruiting highly-skilled, knowledgeable physicians to join the staff that currently boasts a team from all over the country.

Memorial Hospital will also transition to an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system within the upcoming year. The move to this new facility-wide system will be gradual and, once complete, will increase efficiencies, replacing the need for paper charts.

In 2010, patients can look forward to in-room electronic charting systems, an improved electronic patient ID system, a new Computerized Physician Order Entry system to better manage patient medications, and high-speed scanners to simplify the registration process.