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Meriter officially affiliated with UnityPoint Health, an integrated health system headquartered in West Des Moines, IA. Meriter completed the renovations of the women’s outpatient Center for Perinatal Care clinic, and it was also named the top place to work in Madison by In Business magazine


Meriter is a 2013 recipient of the National Research Corporations' Innovative Best Practice award, Top Rated Adult Doctors award and Top Rated Pediatric Doctors award. For the third consecutive year, Meriter was named “Most Wired” by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The final phase of a 3 year construction project for the women’s Birthing Center and Family Care Suites was finished. 


Meriter opened two new primary care clinics, Meriter Fitchburg Clinic and Meriter Stoughton Clinic. Meriter also opened a Dermatology Clinic in Middleton off of Deming Way.


Meriter was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, again. Meriter opened a Specialty Clinic on the second floor in Meriter Hospital. Meriter also added two new clinics, Meriter DeForest-Windsor clinic and Meriter Monona clinic, that provide primary and speciality services.


Meriter was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thompson Reuters. This award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance, and operational efficiency. Meriter opened the Meriter Orthopedic Clinic off of Deming Way in Middleton and opened the Digestive Health Center in the hospital. Meriter also implemented electronic medical record systems in the hospital and clinics, including MyChart, MeriterCare and Care Everywhere.


Meriter opened a third medical clinic, Meriter West Washington, to provide primary and specialty care to patients in downtown Madison. A primary care clinic, Meriter Deming Way, also opened in Middleton. Meriter added state-of-the-art operating rooms in the hospital that contain the latest technology for surgical procedures.


Meriter opened a second medical clinic, Meriter McKee, which is located off of McKee Road. Meriter Hospital also constructed a state-of-the-art Oncology Unit. The new Oncology Unit has 15 private inpatient rooms and an expanded outpatient treatment area.


Meriter opened the Heart Hospital, which is on the top two floors of our Tower wing.  On 11 Tower there is a 14-bed cardiac IMCU and 31-bed Cardiac Telemetry units, and 10 Tower consists of a Cardiac Short Stay Unit, which includes 16 private rooms and two procedure rooms.



Meriter holds a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the opening of a Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The new unit - with 12,000 square feet devoted to patient and family care - blends high-tech and high-touch elements. It replaced a two-room, 23-bed unit, which opened in 1990.


A standalone Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Hospital off of Raymond Road opened. Meriter also opened its first medical clinic in Middleton off of Elmwood Avenue.


Meriter opens its new Atrium addition, a 117,000-square-foot addition that houses the new Emergency Room, educational conference rooms, and cardiology and pulmonary departments.


Meriter opens its Birthing Center, becoming the first area hospital to offer single-room maternity care to families in southern Wisconsin.


Meriter started an Adolescent Psychiatry Program.


General Health Services and Methodist Health Services, the parent companies of Madison General Hospital and Methodist Hospital, merge to become Meriter Health Services. Madison General and Methodist - Madison's two oldest hospitals - become Meriter Hospital.


Methodist and Madison General boards meet to discuss how the hospitals should respond to Physicians Plus and Jackson Clinic merger discussions. Methodist Hospital opens its Women's Center.


Methodist Hospital installs a new CAT scanner. Madison General Hospital reorganizes into General Health Services.


Nurse internship program is added at Methodist Hospital. The program's goal is to assist new graduates in assuming the responsibilities of practitioners in a clinical setting.


Methodist Hospital School of Nursing graduates its final senior class. More than 1,000 students have graduated from the school since its inception in 1921.


Madison General finishes construction of its Tower addition. The NewStart Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program, Perinatal Center and Cardiac Rehabilitation programs are operating.


The Methodist Health Foundation is established. Madison General Hospital finishes construction on its new laboratory on South Brooks Street (the current Meriter Laboratories building) and parking ramp.


The Oscar Rennebohm Foundation gives Methodist Hospital a cardiac monitor, the first of its kind in Wisconsin. Annual admissions are more than 2,200. First male student graduates from Madison General School of Nursing.


Madison General Hospital opens its North Wing, and demolishes the original 1903 building to make room. The new addition houses the hospital's Psychiatry and Rehabilitation programs. Methodist Hospital opens its new Intensive Care Unit, the first hospital in the city to adopt a new principle of combining all critically ill patients in one area rather than in individual units for specific classes of patient care.


Methodist Hospital's Psychiatric Center opens. A new nursing building is completed. Hospital purchases a polarized x-ray unit that prints x-rays in 10 seconds. Patients are still allowed to smoke in their rooms.


Madison General Medical and Surgical Research Foundation established. Madison General Hospital becomes affiliated with the UW Medical School in that Madison General staff give obstetrics training to UW medical students.


Methodist Hospital marks its 30th anniversary. The salary for a registered nurse is $200 per month. Methodist adopts a 40-hour workweek. Madison General Hospital begins construction of an East Wing. Birth rooms, laboratory facilities and a new surgical suite are included in the seven-floor addition.


Food supply rationing creates a need for a call for food donations. Madison General Hospital opens McConnell Hall, a classroom and residence hall for its school of nursing. It is named after Frank T. McConnell, whose bequest - along with money from the Public Works Administration - funded the project.


Methodist Hospital joins Madison General and St. Marys in offering a low-cost, non-profit group pre-payment hospital plan to various employed groups in Madison.


Due to the Depression and economic troubles, food is accepted in lieu of monetary payment for hospital services. Admission requirements to the Methodist School of Nursing: four years of high school, good Christian character, between the ages of 17 1/2 & 35, good teeth and a letter from a pastor.


Madison General Hospital completes its Center Wing, bringing total patient capacity to 175.


First patient admitted to the new Methodist Hospital building. It has 125 beds and five operating rooms. Innovations include night-lights in patient rooms and two automatic elevators.


Methodist Hospital School of Nursing is established, with Miss Carolyn Fanny serving as superintendent.


The Jackson doctors sign an agreement with Methodist to provide regular medical and surgical staff for the hospital.


Wisconsin Methodist Hospital and Home Association articles of incorporation are signed. The association buys a building on West Washington Avenue and South Henry Street.


Obstetrics Department becomes a separate entity at Madison General.


Madison General Hospital adds a West Wing, bringing its capacity to 85 beds. The cost of the addition is $94,000. Dr. James Jackson and three of his sons donate funds to outfit a "modern" surgical suite, but stipulate that only Jackson Clinic surgeons can use it. Eight years later, a dispute over this stipulation causes the Jacksons to move their affiliation to the Methodist Hospital.


Less than a year after it opens, the new Madison General Hospital reaches its capacity of 30 patients. The first baby is delivered on October 20; Alice Ashford Sheldon Davis. Her mother names her after the head nurse (Miss Ashford) and doctor (Dr. Sheldon) who delivered her.


Madison General Hospital Association articles of incorporation are signed. It will be five more years before a permanent home is built with funds raised from the City of Madison and local philanthropists such as the Madison Women's Club and Attic Angels.