Ingalls Celebrates 90 Years of Service to the Community
Ingalls Memorial Hospital and Jeannette Landowski of Glenwood share quite a bit in common.
For starters, they both turned 90 this month: Ingalls on Nov. 4 and Mrs. Landowski on Nov. 6.
In fact, Mrs. Landowski was the very first baby born at Ingalls back in 1923 – just two days after it officially opened its doors.
She also shares a first name with the wife of Ingalls founder, Frederick Ingalls, who passed away in 1922, while the hospital was still in construction.
“I was named after Frederick Ingalls’ late wife, Jeannette,” Mrs. Landowski explains. “Right after I was born, hospital representatives approached my mother about naming me Jeannette in honor of the late Mrs. Ingalls, and my mother and father agreed to it. So their intended name for me, Katherine, became my middle name instead!”
Nearly 22 years after she made history at Ingalls, Mrs. Landowski gave birth to a baby of her own, a son, at Ingalls on Mother’s Day, 1945. She also has a second son and one daughter, who were also born at Ingalls.
Recently, both the hospital and Mrs. Landowski were honored for reaching their respective 90-year milestones at a celebration in the hospital’s Maternity Suites. She was joined by Baby Jacob of Flossmoor, the first baby born on her 90th birthday.
Mrs. Landowski has many fond feelings for the hospital she grew up with.
“Ingalls has always been there for me and for the community,” she explains. “Harvey was a great place to grow up.”
An Ingalls History Lesson
When industrialist Frederick A. Ingalls recognized the need for a community hospital in the prairie lands south of Chicago in the early 1920s, he had no way of knowing that his small, 12-nurse, 50-bed hospital would grow to become one of the major forces providing healthcare services in the South Suburbs today.
Ingalls Memorial Hospital, dedicated to Mr. Ingalls’ wife Jeannette Hess Ingalls, officially opened its doors Nov. 4, 1923.
The original facility was well received by an eager community and served a population comprised largely of workers from local businesses. An expansion that doubled the original hospital’s capacity opened just seven years later in 1930.
Over the years, several more additions were constructed, and today, Ingalls is a nationally recognized regional health system consisting of a 563-bed hospital on approximately 22 acres of land, along with a network of comprehensive outpatient facilities. What’s more, Ingalls has earned numerous national commendations for cancer, stroke, neurosciences and orthopedics.
Ingalls Family Care Centers and the area’s first and only 24/7 Urgent Aid centers are conveniently located in Tinley Park (originally opened in 1983 with an addition in 2004), Calumet City (opened in 1986 and expanded in 2009), and Flossmoor (opened in 2004 and expanded in 2012). The new Ingalls Care Center, featuring primary care providers, Quick Care and extended hours, opened in Crestwood this year.
Ingalls Health System also includes a Wellness Center in Flossmoor, Cancer Care Center and Same Day Surgery in Tinley Park, Ingalls Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation in Calumet City and Ingalls Home Care & Hospice, which provides skilled nursing, support and therapy services throughout the Southland.
In addition to providing comprehensive patient care, Ingalls has long been the region’s leader in offering community-based, preventive health services, especially to those in need. Each year, Ingalls hosts more than 200 free health screenings, educational programs and health fairs that reach nearly 50,000 individuals. These include physician seminars, free or discounted mammograms; discounted blood chemistries; and free or deeply discounted children’s physicals and immunizations for hundreds of area children preparing for school.
Since its founding 90 years ago, Ingalls has remained an independent, not-for-profit system of our own, proactive in meeting the challenges of the industry, and committed to fulfilling its mission of improving the health of the communities it serves.