Originally built in Los Angeles in 1903 with an astounding five beds, Methodist Hospital has come a long way from that opening day when one Chinese woman was admitted. After half a century of serving the Los Angeles community, Methodist Hospital relocated in 1957 to their present 20+-acre site on Huntington Drive in Arcadia, gracing the area between the Police Department and Chamber of Commerce buildings.
The first facility in Arcadia had 138 beds and was one of the first in the US to include a co-operative nursery school and psychiatric ward. Since then, many new additions have continued to keep Methodist Hospital on the cutting edge of health care.
Presently, the North Tower, a 30-month project, is under construction. The new North Tower will include 155,000 square feet, five stories, including three floors of patient rooms, a state-of-the-art emergency department and much more. There are also mandated seismic retrofitting improvements and new advanced equipment that are included in the present project.
Methodist Hospital is non-profit and is a much beloved member of the community, which is why fund raising for such a massive project is embraced by Arcadians. Physicians have successfully resuscitated patients from cardiac arrest, making it possible for one local Arcadian woman to be of the small eight percent of the country’s cardiac arrest survivors. Successful gastric bypass surgeries have helped obese Arcadians regain control of their lives and health, like one Arcadian woman who has lost 120 pounds after underoing the surgery and changing her diet and exercise habits. Several others can attest to the state-of-the-art facility and compassionate physicians who have worked with them through strokes, heart conditions, joint surgery and more.
For a full list of patient testimonials and more information about Methodist Hospital, visit www.methodisthospital.org. Our Chamber is loaded with opportunities for our members to meet other business people, to voluteer to help the business community, to receive education, to meet elected officials, to show off our businesses and to get to know the community.