During the 1980s, few health care organizations throughout the United States were branching out by creating subsidiaries, and Johnson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC) - known then as Johnson Memorial Hospital (JMH) - was one of the first to bring this type of business structure to Connecticut. Early in the decade, Johnson Health Care, Johnson Development Fund and Wellcare were added to JMMC's existing hospital. Soon after, the organization opened Connecticut's first free-standing, hospital-affiliated outpatient surgery center, Johnson Surgery Center (JSC). In the intervening years, JMMC has continued expanding services to meet the community's needs.
Evergreen Health Care Center (EHCC), which opened as a nursing home and quickly added rehabilitation services, was included as an entity in 1989. In November 2008, a 30-bed Memory Support Unit for those living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia was added to EHCC.
After constructing EHCC, maternity services were reinstated at JMH. Concurrently, two additional affiliates were added: Johnson Professional Associates, created to recruit and retain specialized physicians, and Johnson Occupational Medicine Center (JOMC), founded to provide clinical care and education to the workforce.
It was not long before another piece of JMMC blossomed; Home & Community Health Services, a visiting nurse service, was integrated as a result of an upward trend of moving health care into the home.
JMMC also developed a regional radiation oncology center, Community CancerCare, in partnership with Hartford Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital.
In the late 1990s, JMMC's entities were referred to as "Johnson Health Network," in an effort to acknowledge its full continuum of care.
The new millennium brought many changes within the hospital. After opening the doors of an outpatient behavioral health facility and adding 7,000 square feet to its Same Day Surgery Unit just before 2000, rooms in the Medical/Surgical Unit were refurbished to maximize patient comfort in 2001. In that same year, JMH's Sleep Laboratory was accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Six years later, the Laboratory expanded its services when JMH's off-site Sleep Center opened in Enfield.
JMH's Emergency Department (ED) introduced ED Express, a service that reduces the wait-time for patients with non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries. In 2006, JMH representatives and community leaders broke ground for the construction of the Mark E. Quigley Emergency Department, which would offer triple the space of the existing ED and provide the community with the most advanced emergency care in the state. Fourteen months after its groundbreaking, the new ED welcomed its first patient.
JMMC made many changes to ensure that the community had access to the most convenient and highest-quality care. JSC was renovated to make way for a diagnostic imaging center, where patients would trade visiting several facilities to receive care at one location. Same Day Surgery at the hospital boasted changes of its own; two rooms were remodeled to feature cutting-edge clinical technologies.
In 2008, JMMC began a turnaround effort and filed for Chapter 11 protection for JMH, EHCC and the parent company, which was known then as Johnson Memorial Corporation. While focusing on the financial health of the organization, the JMMC team expanded and implemented new services and invested in new equipment to better serve the community. For example, JMMC brought to the area a state-of-the-art nuclear gamma camera and upgraded its two computed tomography scanners. During the reorganization, a Patient Care Ombudsman (PCO) monitored the quality of care and JMH and EHCC. The PCO continuously reported the organization functioned without any negative impact on patient care during the reorganization. In addition, the PCO said the hospital's focus on quality is better than many other hospitals in Connecticut.
In September 2010 JMMC emerged from Chapter 11 as an independent, community-based health care provider as it has been for nearly a century. Because the organization restructured, the new name "Johnson Memorial Medical Center" was adopted.
JMMC's organizational and governance structures were revised in January 2011. Its nine entities were consolidated into three, plus the controlled but not owned Johnson Professional Associates (JPA). The the previous five Boards were dissolved into one Board of Directors for the parent company, JMMC.
Today, JMMC is the non-profit parent company of JMH, which is based in Stafford Springs with outpatient departments in Enfield; EHCC, which offers long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and recovery and a Memory Support Unit; and H&CHS, a home health and hospice care agency. In addition, JPA, a group of highly skilled physicians and midlevel providers, is controlled but not owned by JMMC. The hospital has partnered with local health care organizations to bring services to the community, including Community CancerCare, a partnership with Hartford Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital, as well as Tolland Imaging Center, a partnership with Windham Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital.
JMH also provides medical and surgical specialists to the Tolland area through session space in Tolland Medical Specialists.
JMMC employs about 1,000 community members, and about 255 board-certified physicians are on its medical staff, many of whom are on staff at area tertiary medical centers. JMMC's entities are conveniently located on or near Route 190 in Stafford Springs and Enfield.