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Middletown Regional Hospital

Middletown Hospital. The birth of the county's second health care facility, Middletown Hospital, is traced to a 1909 speech by George M. Verity, founder and president of the American Rolling Mill Co. (later Armco, and now AK Steel). He believed the expanding industrial city required its own hospital. The cause gained support after a July 4, 1910, railroad accident west of Middletown killed 24 and injured 35 people. Victims had to be transported to Hamilton and Dayton hospitals for treatment. After a fund-raising campaign, land was acquired in 1911 and plans were drawn in 1913. What has evolved into Middletown Regional Hospital opened its doors a month before the U. S. declared war on Germany in April 1917. Medical services began at the 28-bed hospital March 5, 1917, with seven employees. Its first of several expansions -- to a total of 100 beds -- started in 1923.

In 2001, Middletown Regional Hospital said it planned to relocate the facility from 105 McKnight Drive in the city to land in Warren County, east of I-75. The first plan announced was in the vicinity of Greentree and Union roads in Turtlecreek Township, including a proposed new I-75 interchange, which was opposed by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Obstacles forced a new proposal to build northeast of the intersection of Ohio 122 and I-75, near Union Road. Ground was broken June 7, 2005, for a $200 million, 255-bed hospital on a 300-acre site.

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