Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital Celebrates 90 Years of Human Kindness

Over a century ago, six Glendale community members aspired to bring quality healthcare services to South Glendale residents. Their original vision eventually manifested itself in the form of the Glendale Physicians & Surgeons Hospital, which formally opened its doors and admitted its first official patient in 1926. Over the years, it continued to evolve and expand its facilities, capabilities, and fields of expertise in an enduring effort to provide quality patient care to Los Angeles residents. Ninety-years and millions of patients later, the Glendale Memorial Hospital has become an integral part of the community and is recognized as a top-performing hospital.

Glendale Memorial Hospital is a full service medical care facility consisting of 334 beds staffed by 500 physicians, 1,000 employees, and 400 volunteers. The recipient of numerous accreditations and annual recognitions, it remains committed to providing compassionate, high-quality care, advocating for the disenfranchised, and ultimately improving the quality of life for others. Glendale Memorial recently became a part of Dignity Health, the nation’s fifth-largest healthcare provider.

To celebrate 90 years of top-tier healthcare services, below is a timeline highlighting some of Glendale Memorial’s landmark moments throughout history:

The Very Beginning


The future site of Glendale Memorial.

In 1923, acknowledging a shortage of hospital beds, six community members began formulating a vision to add a hospital complex to serve locals.


Dr. H.C. Smith

Dr. Orrie E. Ghrist

Dr. H. Russel Boyer

Dr. Oscar A. Dieterich

Louis G. Scovern

Mrs. M.P. Moberly


Opening Day

January 13, 1926

Glendale Physicians & Surgeons Hospital officially opens and admits its first patient. Her name is Mrs. Edward W. Russell, and she receives her operation that very day.


100,000th Patient Admitted

April 18, 1954

Mrs. Wendell Noble was the 100,000th patient to be admitted to the hospital.

Under the care of attending physician Dr. William J. Matousek, she gave birth to a baby girl named Julie Gwen.

To celebrate this milestone, her stay was “on the house.”

Shortly after, Glendale Physicians & Surgeons Hospital becomes Glendale Memorial Hospital.


Glendale Memorial Welcomes Five Story Addition

June 16, 1957

Dedicated on a Sunday afternoon, this addition expanded the overall bed capacity to 220 and also contained new operating, maternity, and laboratory facilities.


First Open Heart Surgery Performed

June 3, 1974

A landmark moment for Glendale Memorial Hospital.

Doctors John Penido, Bert Cotton, Carter Printup, and Harry Brown performed the procedure.


A Decade of Expansion Begins


The new Memorial Medical Building opens its doors, followed by a much needed

four-story parking structure and the Edith Homan Health Resources Center.


Glendale Memorial 60th Anniversary


Celebrating 60 years of humankindness.


Heart Center Opens


Featuring state-of-the-art facilities, the Heart Center ushered in a new era of cardiovascular services and programs. It continues to garner accolades to this day.



Glendale Memorial is proud of its rich heritage, and will continue providing care and compassion to the community as it has for the last 90 years.


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