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History


Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), located at 345 South Halcyon Road in Arroyo Grande, California, is a full service, general, acute care, medical-surgical facility located in the heart of San Luis Obispo County. Established in 1961 and open to the public on April 15, 1962, AGCH is now a licensed 65 bed hospital serving residents in southern San Luis Obispo County.

The Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Story

Over the years AGCH has expanded its services. The first expansion occurred in 1977, another in 1987 and a front of the hospital facelift in 1990. In 1999, the hospital also added a beautiful outdoor courtyard area.

On June 1, 2004, AGCH was acquired by Dignity Health, making it a faith based, not-for-profit hospital. Dignity Health, headquartered in San Francisco is a system of hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest Catholic health care system based in the Western United States.

In 2007, AGCH opened a satellite facility, the AGCH Coastal Cancer Care and Diagnostics Center at 920 Oak Park Boulevard in Pismo Beach.

In October 2009, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital celebrated five years as a Dignity Health hospital where the facility’s new Healing Garden was unveiled.

Hospital Highlights

Arroyo Grande Community Hospital has a dedicated team of Hospitalists (on-staff doctors) who are available for patient needs 24 hours/7 days a week. As of July 2010 AGCH has:

  • AGCH has won seven years in a row, a five star rating for our Joint Replacement program including total knee and hip surgeries. The best orthopedic surgeons in the area perform ortho surgeries at our facility each week.

  • The Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Joint Replacement Program has also earned a five-star rating from Healthgrades and a Blue Distinction from Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
  • The AGCH Cancer Program has been awarded accreditation as a Community Hospital Cancer Program, earning 7 out of 7 commendations by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). This places AGCH among only 1,480 cancer programs nationwide to earn this sought after accreditation and the only one in our county to do so. In addition, we have been awarded a CoC Outstanding Achievement Award, one of only 4 recipients in California and 80 in the U.S.