Our History

A joint venture of Lake Health and University Hospitals, LH/UH Seidman Cancer Center brings together two Cleveland-area healthcare leaders, each with their own rich history.

University Hospitals

What began as a single hospital in a two-story wooden house in Cleveland has grown over the past 150+ years into a multihospital health system that serves 1 million northeast Ohio residents.

The University Hospitals cancer program has contributed major clinical and scientific cancer treatment advances since its beginning as part of the Cleveland Cancer Consortium in the 1940s.

In 1981, the UH cancer program received substantial support from the State of Ohio through the efforts of Robert Livingston Ireland, Jr., a prominent Cleveland business executive who petitioned then-Governor James Rhodes to request the Ohio Legislature approve $14 million dollars for the cancer center. The cancer center program was re-named University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center in his honor in 1982.

Lake Health

Lake County’s first chartered hospital was formed in 1902 to serve residents of the Painesville area, which would later become Lake County Memorial Hospital. The hospital operated as a county facility from 1924 until 1985 when Lake Hospital System assumed operations.

In 2009, Lake Hospital System changed its name to Lake Health in recognition of its focus on health and wellness. Today, Lake Health provides health care to residents in and around Lake County through a network of physicians, team members, facilities and volunteers. 

Lake/University Ireland Cancer Center

Originally founded as a partnership between Lake Hospital System and University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center, Lake/University Ireland Cancer Center opened its doors at the Mentor campus in 1996.

The Center gave residents of Lake County and the surrounding area access to advanced cancer technology and therapies that were on par with the best treatment plans offered any

In addition to state-of-the-art equipment, the center was designed to allow patients to meet with their physicians, receive radiation therapy and obtain chemotherapy – all under one roof. Spacious, comfortable treatment rooms, plenty of natural lighting and artwork from local artists all combined to create a bright, comfortable atmosphere.

Read the full text of the Special Community Preview article introducing the newly-opened Lake/University Ireland Cancer Center.

Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Today

Following a $42 million gift to the University Hospitals system in 2011, Ireland Cancer Center was renamed Seidman Cancer Center. This change, combined with Lake Hospital System’s 2009 change, resulted in the name the center uses today.

More than 20 years after its founding, Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center continues to provide innovative treatment and therapies and comprehensive support for patients in Lake County and the surrounding areas. Jointly, we are honored to be the only cancer center in Northeast Ohio to be awarded four accreditations for outstanding cancer care.


Fundraising efforts throughout the year help LH/UH Seidman Cancer Center continue to carry out our mission to provide world-class cancer care and oncology services to residents within driving distance of Mentor and Lake County.