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Salinas Valley Health Celebrating 65 Years of Service To The Community

Salinas Valley Health Celebrating 65 Years of Service To The Community

Media Contact: Karina Rusk

Salinas, CA, April 20, 2018- Salinas Valley Health is celebrating 65 years of service to the community. This afternoon nurses, physicians, other clinical staff, administrators and former patients gathered outside the main entrance of the medical center to mark the milestone anniversary with a celebratory event and group photo. It was on April 20, 1953, that Salinas Valley Health Foundation first opened its doors.

“In the last 65 years Salinas Valley Health has grown from a small district medical center to an integrated Healthcare System,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Health. “The founding community members of this medical center had a vision for health care services in this region and we continue to build on their promise and legacy.”

The planning for Salinas Valley Health Medical Center started in the early 1940’s when the Salinas Community Hospital Association was formed. Bruce Church, a successful local businessman and philanthropist called on other influential citizens to lead a major fundraising campaign to build the medical center. The grassroots campaign raised nearly three-hundred thousand dollars and Church donated the land where the medical center was built.

Days prior to the grand opening of Salinas Valley Health Medical Center in 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a letter of congratulations to Bruce Church. In it he wrote, the “People of Salinas Valley have every right to be proud of this admirable example of local self-reliance and initiative,” commenting on the fact that no state of federal funds were used.

Salinas Valley Health Medical Center opened to the public in 1953 as a 138-bed medical center staffed with 100 employees and 45 physicians. Sixty-five years later, Salinas Valley Health Medical Center employs more than 1,800 people and has more than 360 physicians specializing in nearly 60 specialties. The system has grown to serve the needs of the surrounding communities. Every year, on average, Salinas Valley Health Medical Center has:

  • More than 10,000 admissions
  • More than 56,000 ER visits
  • More than 5,600 surgeries
  • Approximately 1,800 babies born

“It is truly remarkable how far this medical center has come,” says Chris Orman, President, Board of Directors, Salinas Valley Health. “It’s the strong leadership, fiscal responsibility, strategic planning and exceptional medical care that have fueled the phenomenal growth the Healthcare System has experienced.”

In addition to the numerous national awards and recognitions for quality care, last month the Monterey County Business Council honored Salinas Valley Health with its Economic Vitality Award for Wellness and Lifestyle.

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