St. Vincent Medical Center (Los Angeles)

St. Vincent Medical Center (SVMC) is a hospital in Los Angeles, California.

St. Vincent Medical Center
Daughters of Charity Health System
Geography
LocationThird and Alvarado Streets, Los Angeles, California, United States
Organization
Care systemPrivate
Hospital typeCommunity
Affiliated universityNone
Services
Beds381
History
Founded1856
Links
Websitewww.stvincentmedicalcenter.com
ListsHospitals in California

History

The Daughters of Charity founded what is known today as St. Vincent Medical Center. The 6 Daughters of Charity came to Los Angeles on January 6, 1856. This group of women included 3 Spanish and 3 American women. Their initial goal was to start an orphanage and school for the local community. After the county officials recognized the talent of a sister as a nurse, they proposed the idea of them opening an infirmary instead. This would promote a better health system in the community. As a result of their acceptance, the Los Angeles Infirmary was created on June 21, 1869. [1] St. Vincent Medical Center was the first hospital in Los Angeles. The name was changed in 1918 to St. Vincent's Hospital. The name was changed again in 1974 to St. Vincent's Medical Center following the construction of a new hospital. In 1995, the Daughters of Charity National Healthcare System sold SVMC to Catholic Healthcare West. In 2002, CHW sold the hospital to the newly established Daughters of Charity Health System.[2] In 2014, the hospital agreed to be purchased by Prime Healthcare Services as part a sale of all six hospitals in the financially-troubled Daughters of Charity Health System. Although the sale was approved by then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Prime ultimately backed out of the purchase agreement citing onerous approval conditions. In 2015, Harris approved a new deal with BlueMountain Capital, under which the hospital system changed their name to Verity Health System. The hospitals remained nonprofit, but are no longer Catholic.[3]

Funding

The infirmary ran on funding provided by the government for about two decades. The hospital then became a private facility due to social and political controversies arising.

The Hospital Today

According to a proposal of change of ownership prepared by Medical Development Specialists, the hospital today specializes in cardiac care, cancer, total joint and spine care, and multi-organ transplants with a total of 366 beds.[4] It is at the availability of many local residents in downtown Los Angeles and surroundings such as San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange County.

Notable Deaths

References

  1. cloudfront.escholarship.org (PDF) https://cloudfront.escholarship.org/dist/prd/content/qt09n0k4t4/qt09n0k4t4.pdf?t=mzvcx5&nosplash=0ac8ed20257432818de94254bb0a6ef1. Retrieved December 8, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. "History of St. Vincent Medical Center". Archived from the original on April 1, 2007. Retrieved May 2, 2007.
  3. "Daughters of Charity Health System closes deal with hedge fund". December 14, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  4. oag.ca.gov (PDF) https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/charities/pdf/st-vincent-medical-center-ag-report.pdf. Retrieved December 8, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. Chang, Andrea (July 21, 2018), "Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold dies at 57", The Los Angeles Times


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