First Baby Born at the Hospital Attends Celebration
Huntington Beach Hospital, the first community hospital to be built in
the City of Huntington Beach, celebrated its 50th Year Anniversary on
Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The celebration began at 11:30 a.m. at the
hospital’s entrance, where it all started.
Dignitaries, leaders, and staff gathered to commemorate the hospital’s
accomplishments over the last 50 years. Among those in celebration was
Lance Patrick Emma, the first baby to be born at Huntington Intercommunity
Hospital, as it was first known. Emma happily shared his experiences at
the hospital and the city he called home. He was joined by his mother
Pat Emma, and wife Angie Emma as he was recognized for being a part of
the hospital’s history.
In 1967, just one day after the hospital was dedicated, the maternity unit
received their first patient. As the first all-electric hospital to be
constructed in Orange County, the 141-bed facility was ahead of its time.
The $2.1-million-dollar facility helped transform what was then among
the fastest-growing cities in the nation into an urban community.
Emma and his mother became part of the hospital’s rich history 50
years ago. “Huntington Beach Hospital is wonderful. I am really
happy that it is here for us and the community,” said, Pat Emma.
She was overjoyed that she had the opportunity to meet the leadership,
staff and community members that have helped Huntington Beach Hospital
progress. Emma and his family were grateful to be a part of the hospital’s
In 2006, Prime Healthcare purchased Huntington Beach Hospital, which has
been operating as the only not-for-profit hospital in Huntington Beach
since 2013. “Our goal when we purchased Huntington Beach Hospital
was to operate a quality hospital close to home for residents of the Huntington
Beach area,” said Prem Reddy, MD, Chairman, President & CEO
of Prime Healthcare. “Huntington Beach Hospital has a proud history
and it has a strong and secure future. Congratulations to the hospital
on its first 50 years and I look forward to their continuing service to
Throughout the course of Huntington Beach Hospital’s 50-year development,
one thing has remained the same; the dedication and care of the employees
and medical staff. Today, Huntington Beach Hospital has more than 450
employees and a medical staff of more than 200. Specialized service lines
have continued to grow to include the geropsychiatric unit, behavioral
health unit, emergency care, wound care, and surgical services to name a few.
Huntington Beach Hospital also recently announced their certification as
a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit
organization. This collective achievement was made possible by the hospital’s
patient-focused nurses, staff and committed physicians. Every second counts
when it comes to stroke care and as the only hospital in the community,
this certification will provide local patients with those crucial, extra
lifesaving seconds in the event of a stroke.
The hospital’s commitment to excellence is also evidenced by its
2017 ranking of Top Performing Hospitals for the treatment of Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This prestigious award would not
have been possible without the hard work and determination of Huntington
Beach Hospital’s staff and its relentless drive to provide quality
care for each patient.
With over $200 million donated to the community since its founding, Huntington
Beach Hospital will continue to evolve and serve the community in the
best way it knows how: by providing quality, compassionate healthcare
to the residents of Huntington Beach and surrounding cities.
The last 50 years have been a testament to the hard work and dedication
that has been put into creating a quality, community hospital. “We
are very grateful for the contributions that so many have made over the
past fifty years. While we will never forget the past, we are intently
focused on the future and meeting the evolving healthcare needs of Huntington
Beach for the next fifty years,” said Richard M. Rowe, Pharm. D,
CEO of Huntington Beach Hospital.
About Huntington Beach Hospital:
Founded in 1967, Huntington Beach Hospital is a 131-bed, not for profit,
acute-care community hospital, and member of the
Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. As the only hospital in Huntington Beach,
Huntington Beach Hospital is proud to be the community hospital serving
the residents of Huntington Beach and the surrounding area for the past
50 years. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, and with nearly 200
physicians and more than 400 healthcare and other professionals on staff,
our team is committed to providing outstanding service in a safe, comfortable,
and caring environment.