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Union Hospital Founded

Union Hospital opens in a rented house on Iron Avenue with 20 beds and three nurses.

Fundraising Begins to Build New Hospital

The Hospital is overcrowded with patients. Fundraising begins to build a large new hospital. Land is donated by J.E. Reeves on the street car line between Dover and New Philadelphia.

20 Beds Added

Overcrowding brought about the first expansion of Union Hospital, a large brick addition that provided another 20 patient beds at a cost of $50,000.

WWII Delays Hospital Expansion

Through the decades, the local population continued to grow and by 1940, patient beds were overflowing into the hallways. Plans were started for the next expansion of Union Hospital, but World War II delayed that project for another decade.

Post-War Addition Expands Hospital to 115 Beds

Costing $1,250,000 in post-war dollars, the expanded hospital provided 115 patient beds and featured contemporary hospital architecture.

Union Celebrates 50 Years

Union Hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary. Thomas Kane, Sr. serves as President of the Board of Trustees. Harold Alden is hospital Administrator. The medical staff includes 33 doctors.

Capacity Increased to 220 Patients

A $7.3 million addition to the hospital increased bed capacity to 220 patients. More than 600 people were employed and the medical staff included 40 physicians.

Harding Named Administrator and Executive Director

Harold Alden retires after 30 years as Administrator and Executive Director and is succeeded by William Harding.

Building on Quality Project Completed

$8.1 million Building on Quality project is completed. It includes an addition to the hospital for a new Laboratory and Emergency Department expansion. Changes inside include a new Radiology Department, Intensive Care Unit and Operating Rooms.

Union Continues Growth with Boulevard South Addition

The three-story Boulevard South Addition dramatically changes the appearance of Union Hospital. Cardiology and Vascular Centers occupy the first floor. Fifty inpatient beds on the second and third floors bring relief to crowded conditions.

Union Celebrates 100 Years of Caring

Union Hospital celebrates its Centennial year. Inpatient bed capacity is 156 and every patient care area of the hospital has experienced tremendous growth. Staffing the new services and patient care areas has pushed Union Hospital’s employment to 950 people.

Bruce James Named President and CEO

Bruce James succeeds William Harding, who retires as president and CEO. With 1,000 employees, Union Hospital is the largest employer in Tuscarawas County.

Lauren International Donates $1 million to construct Emergency Center

Union Hospital and Lauren International announced a $1 million gift to the hospital to help fund the construction of the Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center. Union Hospital is humbled and extremely grateful for this pledge of support from one of our community's leading corporate citizens.

Construction begins on UH Lauren Emergency Center

Construction begins on the new Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center. This building addition will double the size of the Emergency facilities and provide "ER" services to the community for the next generation

The Next Century of Caring

Now that we are well into our second century of serving the community, Union Hospital is changing and evolving to meet patient care needs of the 21st century. At the same time we remain in touch with the founders' goals of providing high-quality healthcare, close to home and close to the people we serve.

Union Hospital Image Archive

Union Hospital has been an integral part of the Tuscarawas Valley for more than 100 years. As the world around our community has changed, we have remained committed to continually upgrading our facilities and capabilities to ensure that our community has access to the most advanced medical technology and treatment. The following images highlight just how different that technology is today than it was in the past.

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