The Wabash Memorial Hospital Association is a
The Wabash Memorial Hospital Association exists as a not-for-profit Trust,
operating under Public law 93-406, commonly known as the Employee Retirement Income
Security Act of 1974, or E.R.I.S.A. The Association commenced operations in 1884 as the
Hospital Department of the Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway. The Association
continues to operate a pre-paid health care plan and is one of the oldest, continuously
operating Railroad HMOs in our nation.
The original Hospital System separated from the railroad company and became independent as
the Wabash Employee's Association in 1884. Its purpose was to maintain hospital and
outpatient clinics to render medical and surgical service to its associated railroad
employees and their dependents. At one time, during the peak of the Wabash Line railroad
activities, it operated hospitals in Kansas City, MO., Springfield, Danville, and Decatur,
IL., and Peru, IN. In addition, contracts were negotiated with hospitals and dispensaries
in Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa and Indiana to serve the wide distribution of
Wabash employees. Any employee becoming ill or injured was given necessary treatment any
place "on-line" until the condition was stabilized and they could
be transferred to an association hospital.
Today, the Association continues to be overseen by railroad personnel with a ten person Board of
Managers representing the different craft unions and retirees of the railroad.
Over four thousand active and retired railroaders and their dependents are
members of the Association.
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