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The History of Ascension Crittenton

Since the first Crittenton Hospital opened in Detroit in the early 1900′s, the name “Crittenton” has stood for excellence in medical care with a compassionate atmosphere. For many who live in Rochester and surrounding communities, Ascension Crittenton Hospital is the first place they turn to for the health of themselves and their loved ones.

The Detroit location has long since closed, but Ascension Crittenton Hospital in Rochester has established a strong reputation of compassionate, quality care since opening its doors in 1967.



 In 2015 Crittenton Hospital Medical Center signed a definitive agreement with Ascension Health to become part of Ascension Michigan.

CHMC brings a strong Northern Oakland County presence to the statewide service area of Ascension Michigan, which includes St. John Providence in southeast Michigan, Borgess Health in Kalamazoo, Genesys in Grand Blanc, St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw and Standish, and St. Joseph Health System in Tawas.

In becoming part of Ascension Michigan, Ascension Crittenton Hospital increases its ability to pursue its goal of creating a clinically integrated system of care that will be positioned to manage the health of populations in partnership with insurers. As part of the largest non-profit health system in the country, Ascension, the hospital will enjoy the support of a national system that is benefiting from shared best clinical practices, cost efficiencies, and quality improvements.


Crittenton opens the newly built 165,000 square foot South Tower. This new six-story building was build with an Integrated Delivery Project Strategy and is the new home to the Cardiovascular and Orthopaedic Centers of Excellence at Crittenton. The 87 state-of-the-art  private rooms allow Crittenton to remain focused on providing Relationship Based Care, which results in higher satisfaction from patients and their families.


Crittenton Hospital becomes one of Hospitals and Health Network’s “Most Wired of 2012″. Crittenton was chosen based on planning for, utilizing, and securing information technology across the hospital.


Crittenton receives certification as a Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission.


Crittenton was named a winner of Health Care’s Most Wired Award, which recognizes hospitals for their electronic medical record systems and Internet availability for patients and their families.

Crittenton began its robotic surgery program with the implementation of the da Vinci® Surgical System for gynecologic and urologic procedures. This system allows physicians to perform minimally invasive techniques that promote quicker recovery and healing for patients.


Crittenton receives accreditation as a Chest Pain Center.


Crittenton Hospital Medical Center celebrates 40 years of “Excellence in Caring” in the Rochester community.

As then President & CEO stated, “We’ve always provided superior, quality care.  Our vision is to provide a caring, service-oriented environment that integrates cutting edge technology and medical advancements, while continually embracing innovation to meet the needs of our patients, medical staff and employees.”


The Reinvestment Project and related facility expansion was completed. The North Addition, costing about $30 million, offers an impressive glass exterior, which includes a fountain, a Starbucks Coffee shop, and a Gift Shop. Also housed in the North Addition is a 106-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium, executive offices, new high-tech conference rooms and training rooms.

An integral part of the Reinvestment Project included a $10 million expansion which nearly triples the size of the Emergency Department, allowing for a broader scope of specialty services, including Cardiac Care and Family Express Care.

The South Addition, costing $32 million, added 25,000 square feet, which expanded the Lab, Pre-Admission Testing, Special Diagnostics, and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Another $8 million, was invested in a 500-space parking deck, along with $6 million for the expansion of Women and Children’s Services, including a totally remodeled Birthplace.

Internal renovations included a new Crittenton Wound Management Center, a new cafeteria, and additional renovations, completed in the areas of Admitting, Diagnostic Imaging, Central Sterile Processing, Medical Records, Information Systems, and others.


Crittenton launches an ambitious $86 million Reinvestment into its facilities, services, and communities. The project includes a free parking structure, 45,000-square-foot north addition with two-story atrium lobby, expanded emergency room, enhanced surgical suites, and more.


Crittenton Hospital officially becomes Crittenton Hospital Medical Center to better represent the hospital’s breadth of services.


Crittenton adds a seventh and eighth floor to both the east and west wings of the hospital.


Crittenton officials and employees celebrate the opening of the hospital’s new outpatient clinic and surgery, special diagnostics, speech, data processing, and conference center.


In the spring, hospital officials break ground for the new emergency room, lab, and surgical suites addition. Later that same year, construction on the hospital’s new east wing begins.


Crittenton Hospital opens a new outpatient building.


Crittenton Hospital officially opens, with about 5,000 people touring the facility. The initial building consisted of only the west tower.


Hundreds of dignitaries gather in a horse pasture for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Crittenton Hospital. The land was donated by Howard L. McGregor, Jr.


The Florence Crittenton Mission opens on Brush Street in Detroit.