In the late 1940's, Dr. Frederick Gruneck, a retired physician, envisioned a major medical center in the rapidly expanding community of the San Fernando Valley, which at the time consisted of farms and orange groves. In 1955, his dream came true. Starting out as a single story 49-bed hospital with a one-room emergency room, Northridge Hospital was the only hospital in L.A. County “cooled by refrigerated air.”
Since then, we’ve grown in size and sophistication but our mission of serving the nearly 2.2 million Valley residents has remained the same. Sixthy years later, Northridge Hospital is now a 409-bed acute care, not-for-profit hospital with over 800 physicians and approximately 2,000 employees.
Some Key Dates and Events in Our History
September 18, 1955 -Northridge Hospital opened with 49 beds
1958 – Second wing opens, doubling patient capacity
1967 – Outpatient Psychiatric Department opens
1974 – Center for Rehabilitation Medicine opens
1977 – Cardiovascular Center opens its doors
1984 – Hospital designated as a Trauma Center
1992 – Pediatric Intensive Care Unit opens
1993 – Leavey Cancer Center opens
1994 – On January 17, the hospital was at the Epicenter of the major 6.6 Earthquake that hit the Northridge area. At that time it was the most costly quake in U.S. history. The Neonatal ICU plunged into darkness and glass and equipment crashed everywhere--but miraculously all 21 babies survived. A makeshift triage was set up in the parking lot. Nurses and staff treated more than 700 patients in 14 hours, and 1,700 patients in the 4 days following the devastation.
1999 – Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) purchases hospital
2000 – Women’s Center opened
2005 – Gamma Knife Center opened
2006 - Designated a STEMI (Heart Attack) Receiving Center
2010 – The only Pediatric Trauma Center opens, serving the families of the Valley
2012 – Catholic Healthcare West is now Dignity Health
2013 - Hybrid Bi-plane Operating Room Suite arrives
2014 – Northridge Hospital become a certified Pediatric Medical Center
2015 - Celebrating 60 years of serving the community and ranked as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals in the United States by Healthgrades—a national healthcare ratings organization.