Fast facts

  • Serves patients at more than 150 locations in 55 Northeast Ohio communities
  • Employs more than 15,000 physicians and other employees
  • Is Cuyahoga County’s second largest private sector employer
  • Partners with Case Western Reserve University
  • With CWRU, is the largest center for biomedical research in Ohio and 13th highest recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health
  • In 1993, received a Distinguished Service Award from the NAACP
  • In 1996, 1997 and 2000, received Better Business Bureau’s Service Vision Award honoring superior achievement in customer relations
  • In 1998, received Corporate Excellence Award from the Urban League of Greater Cleveland
  • In 1998, received YWCA Eleanore M. Sutler Equality Award recognizing equal empowerment of women in the workplace and excellence and leadership in the area of racial justice
  • In 1998, QualChoice received J.D. Power & Associate’s Medstat Quality Catalyst Award for consumer satisfaction
  • In 1999, was the first hospital to receive the Exemplary Voluntary Effort Award from the United States Department of Labor

Notable discoveries include:

  • 1915 — Developed SMA, known as Similac, an infant formula
  • 1930s — Performed pioneering work in surgical treatments of coronary artery disease
  • 1947 — Performed the first successful defibrillation of the human heart, leading to the development of CPR
  • 1980s — Co-developed clozapine, first new drug for treatment of schizophrenia in 20 years
  • 1982 — Installed the nation’s first whole-body MRI scanner
  • 1990 — Discovered a genetic defect that causes a form of arthritis
  • 1995 — Identified a genetic alteration linked to the development of colon cancer

UHHS year in Review 2000

First quarter:

  • Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Pediatric Surgery Center opens at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital ($11 million)
  • Partnership solidified with Southwest General Health Center ($24 million)
  • Richard and Marcy Horvitz Pediatric Research Center opens at RB&C

Second quarter:

  • Acquires Saint Michael Hospital and Richmond Heights Hospital ($13 million)
  • UHHS Bedford Medical Centers opens Bretschneider Women’s Unit ($1.5 million)
  • Ireland Cancer Center opens at Southwest General Health Center

Third quarter:

  • Standard & Poor’s reaffirms UHHS’ AA rating with ”stable” outlook
  • UHHS opens critical care unit at St. John West Shore Hospital
  • New Rainbow RapidCare unit opens at St. John West Shore Hospital
  • UHHS opens Berea primary care center
  • Vice President Al Gore visits RB&C
  • UHC HeliStop opens to accommodate two MedEvac helicopters

Fourth quarter:

  • Joint venture with Heather Hill formed, 51 percent UHHS on 156 acres in Geauga County
  • The Research Institute of University Hospitals of Cleveland approved ($110 million, 300,000 square feet)
  • 600-space parking garage opens adjacent to RB&C and MacDonald Hospital
  • Ireland Cancer Center opens at Mercy Medical Center in Canton
  • Twenty-bed behavioral health unit opens at Saint Michael Hospital
  • UHHS Chagrin Highlands Medical Center nears completion ($29 million)

UHHS Hospitals

  • Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
  • MacDonald Women’s Hospital
  • Lakeside Hospital
  • Alfred and Norma Lerner Tower
  • Samuel Mather Pavilion
  • Psychiatric Center at Hanna Pavilion
  • Ireland Cancer Center
  • Bolwell Health Center


  • UHHS Bedford Medical Center (Bedford, acquired 1993)
  • UHHS Brown Memorial Hospital (Conneaut, acquired 1997)
  • UHHS Geauga Regional Hospital (Chardon, acquired 1995)
  • UHHS Laurelwood Hospital & Counseling Centers (Willoughby, acquired 1997)
  • UHHS Memorial Hospital of Geneva (Geneva, acquired 1970
  • UHHS Richmond Heights Hospital (acquired 2000)
  • UHHS Saint Michael Hospital (acquired 2000)

UHHS partner hospitals

  • Southwest General Health Center (Middleburg Heights)
  • CSAHS/UHHS (Canton)
  • Mercy Medical Center (Canton, 1999)
  • UHHS/CSAHS (Cuyahoga)
  • St. John West Shore Hospital (Westlake, 1999)
  • St. Vincent Charity Hospital (Cleveland, 1999)
  • Heather Hill Hospital, Health & Care Center (Chardon, 2000)