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Who We Are
The same driving commitment to community care that led to the founding of Parkridge East Hospital in 1974 is still at work today, more than 35 years later.
Founding fathers of the 128-bed full service hospital were local politician Gene Drakeford and Bill Rowe, M.D., two men with a clear vision of how to serve their community and how to get things done. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in 1969, with the construction not beginning until 1972. The facility opened in 1974 with 100 employees and helped deliver 45 babies in its first month.
In the early 1980s, Parkridge East Hospital added a two-story patient tower. Three years later, three labor and delivery suites were added, along with CT scanning services. Laboratory and emergency services were expanded to meet the needs of the growing community.
In 1984, a physician office building was added and by 1992, the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery was renovated and expanded. In 1999, an $8 million expansion and renovation included a new Emergency Care Center and an expanded Women's Center.
In an effort to continuously enhance patient experience, Parkridge East Hospital is undergoing a cosmetic facelift in 2012. New amenitites in patient rooms, warm colors to welcome our patients and families and the convenience of expanded services are all being incorporated. Today, the hospital's reputation as a community resource continues to grow even stronger.