Our History

Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s roots date back to 1917 when the 38-bed Norwalk Memorial Hospital opened its doors on Norwalk’s West Main Street.

Our Roots

The Norwalk Hospital Association received its articles of incorporation from the State of Ohio in 1911; however, it was not until 1916 that a dedicated structure was built combining all the medical services available in Norwalk into one building. The cornerstone for the Norwalk Memorial Hospital at 269 West Main Street was laid on October 15, 1916 and the hospital opened on June 12, 1917. The building was financed by ‘subscriptions’ purchased by local citizens - $27,000 was raised, which covered the cost of the hospital. 

When it opened, Norwalk Memorial Hospital had thirty-eight beds; six more were added when a maternity wing, financed by local philanthropist Charlie Paul, was built in 1926.  By 1939, eight physicians were practicing at the hospital.

Our Namesakes

Years later, when the hospital had outgrown its space, William and Lura Titus-Fisher donated $1.25 million toward the $1.8 million cost to build a new hospital on the south side of town. Recognized nationwide for its unique patient-centered architecture, the ultra-modern Fisher-Titus Memorial Hospital opened in 1957 at 272 Benedict Avenue, ushering in a new era of healthcare for area residents.

Our Commitment to Local Care

Today, Fisher-Titus Medical Center is still located at 272 Benedict Avenue.  The $28.7 million Fisher-Titus Patient Pavilion opened in September 2005 replacing patient rooms that were part of the original 1957 hospital and continuing the tradition of providing the most modern health-care facilities to area patients.

Since then, millions more have been invested in improvements making Fisher-Titus a regional hub for advanced healthcare services, offering state-of-the-art technology, expert physicians and staff, modern patient-focused and family friendly facilities and local access to a full line
of medical services . . . providing the right care, right here, allowing patients to stay close to home, family and friends for their medical care.