"Building for the Future — Today" Campaign

The Next 60 Years: Strengthening Northridge Hospital in the 21st Century


The "Building for the Future—Today" Campaign Case for Support 

In the late 1940s, retired physician Dr. Frederick Gruneck envisioned a major medical center among the farms and orange groves of the expanding San Fernando Valley. In 1955, his vision became a reality and a single-story, 49-bed Northridge Hospital—with a one-room emergency department—was started to serve the health needs of the community.

Today, on our 60th anniversary, our Level II Medical Center is a 417-bed, acute care, not-for-profit medical center with more than 700 physicians, nearly 60 specialties, and approximately 1,800 employees. The only Pediatric Trauma Center in the Valley, we are recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals in 2015 by Healthgrades and have received Excellence and 5-Star Ratings in cardiac care, neurosciences, pulmonary care and other services.

Recognizing that population growth is a critical factor, the time has come to renovate and expand our Medical Center, rededicating it to relieving the suffering of the thousands who come through our doors. As a result, the senior and physician leadership of our Medical Center has identified four core areas for renovation and growth:

The Emergency and Trauma Department (ED)

Population growth is the single greatest factor impacting increased ED use, efficiency, and expeditious, high-quality treatment of patients. With visits to our ED projected to increase to more than 96,000 by 2025, we are planning a redesigned ED flow process with a focus on increased capacity, increasing treatment stations to 45, and added ED/Medical Center floor interaction. 
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(Investment: $4,500,000)

The Chemotherapy Infusion Center

Treatment demand and wait times are increasing. Plus, patients who need hydration and blood transfusions have to be moved from this location, interrupting care and continuity with physicians and medical staff. For the highest quality of care in a comfortable environment for both patients and their support, we will increase the number of infusion chairs from 13 to a total of 20, adding one private treatment room for higher acuity patients, an additional restroom and nutrition room, and increased chair space. Plus, physician offices will be redesigned with better patient access. 
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(Investment: $1,500,000) 

The Center for Assault Treatment Services 

Our assault victim Center—the only such 24/7 Center serving the Valley and major Los Angeles cities—provides compassionate, high-quality care and forensic evidentiary examinations and interviews for use by law enforcement. They recently moved to a new location that ensures those in need of help have a comforting, safe, highly efficient, and results-oriented haven. These funds will ensure that the Center continues to provide vital services to all in need—free of charge.
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(Investment: $500,000) 

Unrestricted Funds/Area of Greatest Need

In addition to funds needed to complete the current expansion, our Medical Center has other critical program and equipment needs that depend upon philanthropic support.
(Investment: $500,000)

Total Investment:   $7,000,000

Thank you!