Westlake- St. John Medical Center paid tribute to the Hospital’s founding physicians on Thursday, July 31. The special evening honored those physicians who were appointed to the Medical Staff when the Hospital first opened in 1981.
A group photograph of the founding physicians, which is on permanent display in the Hospital, was showcased. A smaller, framed print of the original was given to those founding physicians who attended that evening.
Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres were served. Both retired physicians and those who are still on staff, current medical executive committee members and representatives from The Sisters of Charity Health System helped to commemorate the occasion. Hospital President, Cliff J. Coker; SHC President/CEO, Sister Judith Ann Karam; and Vice President of Physician Services, Carol Sterba, expressed their appreciation to those physicians being honored.
“This event offered us the chance to say thank you to those who were with the hospital at the time it opened,” said Hospital President Cliff J. Coker. “This picture will serve as a lasting testimonial to their commitment as a founding physician.”
A merger between two longstanding healthcare institutions: St. John Hospital and Bay View Osteopathic General Hospital was the inspiration for the opening of St. John Medical Center. Today, the Hospital is a 50/50 partnership between the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals and serves as a teaching hospital for the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.