Cottage Hospital is founded.
Miss Minna Riggs, a deaconesses of the Methodist Episcopal Church, conceives the idea of a home for Deaconesses. Deaconess Ida Phillips and others expand the plan to include a hospital.
A two-story home known as the Bunn property, at 221 Northeast Glen Oak, is purchased and remodeling begins to create what will become Methodist.
Deaconess Home and Hospital opens on May 24 in the former Bunn house. Miss C.A. Williams was Superintendent of the 20-bed hospital.
At the same time, a school of nursing was established with five young women graduating two years later.
Cottage Hospital is renamed Proctor Hospital.
Construction of the first permanent building of today's Methodist Medical Center begins.
Pekin Hospital was chartered by a group of citizens lead by F.C. Gale, J.E. Russell, Walter Teis Smith, A.L. Koeneke and W.R. Curran.
Methodist's name officially changes to The Methodist Hospital of Central Illinois.
1930s & '40s
Innovations at Methodist include one of the nation's first x-ray schools and a new children's ward noted for being one of the most completely equipped in the country and the only such unit between Chicago and St. Louis.
The Glen Oak wing opens in 1953, bringing the hospital's capacity to over 300 beds. The modern, well-equipped Hamilton Wing follows in 1959. This decade also sees the arrival of the only public EEG machine in downstate Illinois, the first mechanical kidney (one of only four in the nation) and the area's first hospital mental health department.
Meantime, Proctor constructs its north Peoria campus.
Pekin Hospital constructs a six-story addition on Park Avenue financed by local citizens.
The generosity of the Arthur G. Heidrich family enables Methodist to install the first cobalt unit for treating cancer patients in downstate Illinois. Other innovations include the area's first coronary intensive care unit (one of only 31 in the nation) and a new coronary care unit with the only telemetry (heart monitor) system in Illinois outside of Chicago. The Hamilton wing expands and Helen House opens as a dormitory for the Methodist School of Nursing.
Pekin Hospital established the first hospital-based home health care program in Illinois and adds a six-story patient services tower.
In 1971, the Methodist Heart Care Center is the first to perform the new cardiac catheterization procedure. In 1975, the first open-heart surgery is performed at Methodist, marking the start of the area's longest-running open heart program.
Other advances at Methodist include the first ambulatory surgery center in Illinois, Peoria's first cancer care unit, the area's first pain management clinic, and the establishment of a Family Practice Residency Program to train the next generation of family physicians. Methodist is also selected as the location of the first-ever affiliate of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
A $22 million expansion program consisting of a new four-story addition connected to a seven-level parking deck is constructed. Above the parking facilities is a two-story office building for physicians.
In 1975, the hospital's name changes to Methodist Medical Center of Illinois. The Methodist Medical Center Foundation is established to support the hospital in its mission of helping and healing.
Pekin adds two more stories to it's patient services tower bringing it to eight total stories.
Expanded facilities include the Crescent addition and the Methodist Diagnostic Center. Methodist also purchases the former Ramada Inn and remodels it as Methodist East Campus, home to the School of Nursing, Methodist Family Child Care Center and other services. Methodist opens the area's first sleep disorders center, establishes the area's longest-running Hospice program, and introduces Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and mobile mammography services to Central Illinois.
Pekin Hospital begins $10 million building projects to expand surgery, pharmacy, radiology and the creation of the Park Court Medical Office Building.
The only Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Center in downstate Illinois opens at Methodist. Methodist is also the first in Peoria to use DEXA for osteoporosis testing and the first to offer Open MRI.
New facilities include the beautiful Methodist Atrium and the three-story Crescent Pavilion for critical care. The first Methodist MedPointe walk-in centers are developed to meet patient demand for convenient quality medical care without an appointment.
Pekin Hospital adds a state-of-the-art Emergency Room and adds Pekin MRI services.