In 1929, the citizens of Lewis County decided they needed a local hospital. In 1930, the County of Lewis purchased the land for a county hospital on the top of a hill leading into town.  The cost of the land was $4,500.  In 1930, the construction of the hospital began.  Seven months later, in August 1931, the construction phase ended and a brand new healthcare facility opened its doors to a grateful community. 

It was a sturdy building built of solid brick with six towering white posts marking the main entrance. Today, 87 years later, the main campus encompasses 14.5 acres and offers over 220,000 square feet of floor space. dedicated to the provision of high quality healthcare to the residents of the tri-county area.

Lewis County General Hospital & Residential Health Care Facility (LCGH/RHCF) is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and 160-bed Nursing Home facility that also offers Hospice and Home Health Care services for residents.  The facility also plays a vital role in improving the local community. Not only do we provide critical health care and 24/7 emergency services, our facility continues to contribute vital resources to our communities through jobs, tax revenue, and capital improvements.  With over 650 employees, LCGH is also one of the largest employers in the County.  LCGH/RHCF spends millions per year on goods and services necessary to maintain our facilities.  These dollars are reinvested in the County through employee and hospital spending which directly impacts the local economy.

The facility also operates four off-site health centers.  The centers are staffed by physicians and physician assistants employed by the hospital.  These sites, located in Beaver Falls, Copenhagen, Harrisville and Lyons Falls, help to bring the skills of the staff and the modern technology of the facility directly to the local communities.   The Women's Health Center, Lewis County Surgical Associates, Lewis County Dermatology, Lewis County Orthopedics, Manoj R. Vora, M.D. Internal Medicine, Dr. Root/Dr. Williams/Dr. Shambo Family Practice, and LCGH Extended Hours Clinic are located on the main campus in Lowville.  

The hospital recently remodeled and enlarged the Diagnostic Imaging Department. The cornerstone of the new center is the first and only 3D Digital Mammography Unit and 3D Automated Dense Breast Ultrasound in the North Country.  We are proud of offering some of the latest technology available in the ongoing fight against breast cancer. The Emergency Department currently sees over 11,000 patients a year.  

With over 100 professional health care providers in various specialties, Lewis County General is quickly growing to better serve the community. The future is bright for the facility because of our highly skilled physicians, the dedicated staff, the support of the community, and an administration that looks toward the future with a positive plan of growth and modernization.

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Quality Statement

At Lewis County General Hospital, QUALITY is: Working together to exceed expectations by providing friendly, compassionate, efficient and competent care and services.

Philosophy Statement

Lewis County General Hospital, a rural healthcare facility, provides leadership in the provision of health and human services for the residents and visitors of the County of Lewis and surrounding areas.

  • We recognize the worth and dignity of all individuals and their rights to have access to these services.
  • We provide, promote, facilitate and continuously improve:

primary acute and ambulatory care services

residential healthcare services

short and long term services for the disabled and elderly

wide range of diagnostic and rehabilitative patient services

comprehensive access to other appropriate patient services

health promotion through community education, preventative medicine and quality healthcare

  • We manage our resources to ensure long term financial viability.
  • We foster an environment which encourages personal, professional and organizational growth.
  • We enhance the market position of the hospital through a continous planning process, enabling the hospital to anticipate and influence its future.