OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center

Ottawa, Illinois

1960s Era

  • 1964
    • On December 7, a charter for a Not-for-Profit Corporation was filed.
  • 1966
    • In January, the City of Ottawa transferred all of the Ryburn assets to the new Not-for-Profit Corporation.
  • 1969
    • In early 1969, the Ottawa Silica Foundation presented the hospital with a deed to 30 acres of land as a building site.

1970s Era

  • 1971
    • On March 25, the ground breaking ceremony for the new hospital building was held.
    • The name of Ryburn Memorial Hospital was officially changed to the Community Hospital of Ottawa.
  • 1974
    • On April 6, all patients were moved from the old hospital building and the new facility was opened at 1100 East Norris Drive.
  • 1976
    • The new facility was accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.
    • An Outpatient Surgery Department and preadmission testing programs were started in response to a growing need of the community.

1980s Era

  • 1982
    • On October 12, the revised Corporate Bylaws were approved by the Corporate Membership. These Bylaws changed the internal corporate structure to that of a typical corporation, with the officers of the Corporation being the Chairman, two Vice-Chairmen, Secretary and Treasurer. The President of the Corporation will be the Chief Executive Officer.
    • Phyllis Leighton was elected the first Chairman of the Board. She is the first woman to serve in this position.
  • 1985
    • A parcel of land valued at more than $80,000 was donated to CHO by Ottawa Silica Company. Located in the East Gate Subdivision, the lot lies adjacent to hospital land and is to be used for the construction of medically-related facilities.
  • 1988
    • The Care-A-Van transportation service was implemented, run and staffed completely by volunteers.
  • 1989
    • Announced a number of changes in the management team. Robert Chaffin was named Vice President of Finance in May and Robert Schmelter began his duties as President in September. They replaced Chuck Moss and Yale Wolk, respectively. Judy Christiansen, Vice President of Patient Services, acted as interim President.
    • Purchased 5 lots in the Eastgate Subdivision for $110,000 from US Silica.

1990s Era

  • 1993
    • The mental health and substance abuse services unit, formerly the Help Unit, changed its name to CHOICES which is the acronym for CHO Individual Counseling and Evaluation Services. The name change was for product identity and better reflected the changing environment in mental health services.
  • 1997
    • CHO joined the area’s first stroke network which is coordinated by OSF HealthCare and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. The focus of the network is public education.
  • 1998
    • The Hospital purchased a 32-acre tract of land across Norris Drive from Skymont Corporation for $320,000. The land begins at the Fox River and extends eastward to meet the parcel of land owned by Gladfelter’s Chapel. The purchase helps expand the Hospital’s options for further development.
  • 1999
    • CHO Governing Board decides to add 13,000 square feet to Rehab Services. Celebrate Health presents first program.