History of PVHMC
It was Christmas Eve 1899. A train traveling at high speeds into the city
of Pomona derailed and crashed, killing more than 30 passengers and injuring
dozens more. Because a Los Angeles hospital was too far away to transport
the injured by horse-drawn ambulance, they were cared for by local residents
who took them into their homes. It was then that the citizens of Pomona
mandated there be a community hospital to serve local residents.
By 1903, a two-and-a-half story house equipped to accommodate 12 patients
became the home of Pomona Valley Hospital. One year later, the Pomona
Valley Hospital Association was incorporated, and by 1913, a 40-bed addition
was constructed to meet the growing demand for hospital services.
1940’s and 1960’s
Since the beginning, physicians, employees, volunteers and community leaders
have worked together in the development and operation of Pomona Valley
Hospital Medical Center. From growth of services to advancing technology,
the PVHMC team has been addressing the needs of the growing community
for more than a hundred years.
In 1947 we opened our radiology department, and by 1964 facilities for
surgery, obstetrics, physical therapy and pediatrics were in operation.
Also in 1964, our intensive care unit was completed followed by our regional
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 1973.
1970’s and 1980’s
As the city of Pomona grew along with the rest of Los Angeles County, so
did the need for PVHMC to expand. In 1975 our three-story wing addition was completed to house our critical care center, expanded physical therapy
department, the cardio-respiratory program, a computerized tomography
(CT) scanner in the radiology department, a medical library, an educational
complex with 10 classrooms and additional medical staff offices.
At the close of the decade, the Hospital Board of Directors authorized
the formation of a Foundation for the purposes of fundraising for the
future building and equipment needs of the Hospital. The Foundation was
incorporated in late 1979 and a formal fund-raising program was established
in mid-1980. The Twenty First Century League and the George Brown Society
were early fundraising programs.
Landmark changes at PVHMC continued well in the 1990s with the opening
of the 190,000 square foot
The Women's Center and Diagnostic Treatment Building. The three-story
The Women's Center houses the fastest growing regional maternity service which includes a
level III neonatal intensive care unit, perinatal center, newborn nursery,
two OB/GYN surgical suites and the largest LDRP (Labor, Delivery, Recovery,
Postpartum) birthing center in the region. The Diagnostic Treatment Building
was shelled for future expansion of Radiology and surgical services. Today,
more than 7,000 babies are delivered annually making PVHMC the third largest
delivering hospital in California.
Also in the works during the 1990s was an off-campus cancer care center.
In 1990, the Foundation Board of Directors took on the responsibility
of raising at least $6 million to fund the construction and equipment
for the hospital’s first cancer care center. When the campaign was
concluded in 1993, more than $11 million had been raised. Funds not needed
for the building and equipment of the cancer care center were used to
establish an endowment fund for the center. In March 1993, PVHMC realized
a dream come true with the opening of
The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center, a free standing facility located a short distance from the Hospital’s
main campus. In addition to chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, the Center’s
outreach and support interventions include support groups, wellness programs,
Volunteer Program, Patient Navigators and Social Worker; an Education
and Outreach Program; a Patient/Family Library and an activity room for
patients, families and friends.
2000’s and 2010’s
Part of being a community leader is reaching out to where the community
is, literally. So we took Urgent Care, primary care physicians, radiology and physical therapy to our surrounding communities. Pomona Valley’s
satellite services include:
Pomona Valley Health Center, Pomona
Pomona Valley Health Center, Chino Hills
Pomona Valley Health Center, Crossroads
Pomona Valley Health Center, Claremont
Pomona Valley Health Center, La Verne (Opening in January 2018)
Pomona Community Clinic, Pomona & Ontario
We are furthering our mission to bring state-of-the-art healthcare to our
communities with the introduction of our 3D mammography services. In the
Fall of 2012 the decision was made to replace all four of our mammography
machines to the latest technology – 3-D Tomosynthesis. We were the
first Hospital in the area to offer this superior screening to all women,
every time. We offer this at our Breast Health Center and at Pomona Valley
Health Centers in Chino Hills and Claremont.
In 2014 our Women’s Center received the “Baby-Friendly”
designation, which confirmed our commitment to provide new mothers and
babies with a truly exceptional experience by encouraging early skin-to-skin
bonding and breastfeeding.
In early 2015, the beautiful Robert and Beverly Lewis Outpatient Pavilion
opened. The first floor houses a large, state-of-the-art Rehabilitation
area. Named after the man who established our physical therapy department
over 60 years ago, the Charles M. Magistro Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Center is the largest in the region designed to deliver the very best
in treatment along with a beautiful patient experience. Surgical Preadmission
is also available on the first floor. The second floor is entirely outpatient
surgery services. A convenient, beautiful waiting area for loved ones
and the most technically advanced surgical equipment for those who need
March 2017, we officially were designated a
Level II Trauma Center. The
Trauma and Acute Care Surgical Services provides comprehensive lifesaving treatment to victims of care accidents,
falls and others with severe, traumatic injuries in the East San Gabriel
Valley. We estimate that we will care for 1,000-2,000 trauma patients
annually. To earn this designation we expanded the Emergency Department
by 23 beds and added a new Intensive Care Unit with 12 beds. Also constructed
was a four story parking structure topped with a helipad for aerial transports.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is a 412 bed multi-specialty regional
medical center and remains one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals
in the greater Los Angeles area.
With the help of more than 2,700 employees, 600 active physicians and almost
1,000 volunteers, PVHMC continues to be the community leader in superior
healthcare. And it is with the help and support of our Associates, patients
and members of the community that PVHMC is able to meet the needs of the
community by bringing its services closer to their reach.
We have consistently earned national recognition throughout the years.
Our latest achievements from beginning in 2015 include: Heathgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention;
America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery; and America’s
100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care, (only one of 3 in California to receive
all 3 recognitions). Also in 2015, we earned an “A” rating
from LEAPFROG Group and US News and World Report raked us as a Best Hospital.
The American Heart/American Stroke Association awarded us their Get With
The Guidelines Gold Plus Target Honor Roll for Treating Strokes and the
“Mission Lifeline” Silver for STEMI’s. The Joint Commission
Accreditation was earned by the Hospital and Certification in the Orthopedic
Joint Replacement and Stroke programs.
In 2016, we earned the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award (top
5% in the nation) and 5-Star recognition of Coronary Bypass Surgery. The
American Heart/American Stroke Association awarded us their Get With The
Guidelines Gold Plus Target Elite Honor Roll for Treating Strokes and
the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for Treating Heart Failure. The
Joint Commission Certification was earned for our In-Patient Diabetes
Program (only one of 13 in California and 86 in the Nation) and the SEPSIS
(only one of four in California and 27 in the Nation) and Palliative Care programs.
In 2017, we once again earned the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence
Award (top 10% in the nation) and 5-Star recognition of Pacemaker Procedures.
The American Heart/American Stroke Association awarded us their Get With
The Guidelines Gold Plus Target Elite Honor Roll for Treating Strokes
and the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for Treating Heart Failure.