Watertown Regional Medical Center Celebrating 115 Years Of Providing Care

(Watertown) Watertown Regional Medical Center is celebrating 115 years of providing care to the people of Watertown and the surrounding communities. Originally located on Main Street in the building formerly known as the Schiffler residence, the hospital, then called Watertown – St. Mary’s, first opened its doors on October 1st, 1906. In 1914, a sisterhood took over control of the hospital from the physicians and decided to erect a new building adjacent from the original hospital. Building a facility during a Word War proved difficult, but the project was completed towards the end of 1918. The new addition featured equipment that was said to be the best available at the time. The Watertown Hospital Association and the City of Watertown took control of the facilities in 1960 and changed the name to Watertown Memorial Hospital. After a decade of planning, a 120-bed hospital was created at its current location in the northeast part of the city just beyond the Highway 16 by-pass. After years of additions, including the most recent additions of Harvest Market and the state-of-the-art Emergency and OB Departments, Watertown Memorial Hospital joined forces with LifePoint Health in 2015 and became Watertown Regional Medical Center. The hospital has been tapped to join new health system ScionHealth at the end of the year. Hospital CEO Richard Keddington says they want to continue to build upon the reputation of being a place people can trust for quality care, top-notch equipment, and the latest technology.