A new sign bearing its new name is erected in front of Pro-Health Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital on Wednesday.
WAUKESHA — The connections between the community and Waukesha and Oconomowoc Memorial hospitals are deeply rooted. On Thursday, ProHealth Care, the operator of the hospitals, announced it was changing their names to better connect its system, but still be reflective of their histories.
For both the Waukesha County hospitals, the Pro-Health name is being added to the legacy hospital name. Waukesha Memorial Hospital becomes ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, and Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital becomes Pro-Health Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.
“ProHealth Care offers a fully integrated system of care, meaning that we coordinate patient care across many different services and sites,” said Susan Edwards, chief executive officer, in a statement. “The name changes will help us better communicate these connections and the benefits for patients.”
A new sign was erected at ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial on Wednesday, said Ann Dee Allen, media relations and content strategist.
She said the name change process will take longer in Waukesha and will occur during the next week or so, weather permitting.
In addition to the main sign, the nameplate over the East entry at Waukesha Memorial Hospital will be switched.
According to the name change announcement, both hospitals are a significant part of the communities they serve.
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, which opened in 1914, is a 400-bed tertiary center, offering advanced treatment options and specialized services. Pro-Health Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, a 156-bed acute care hospital, opened in 1953.
More than 5,700 physicians and staff work to deliver safe, efficient and effective care at the Waukesha and Oconomowoc hospitals and across other ProHealth sites. ProHealth Care’s service area extends throughout Waukesha County and into several adjoining counties.
Along with hospital care, ProHealth Care offers services in clinics, businesses, schools and homes throughout the area.