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Serving Our Community for Nearly 60 Years

Who's Who in Photo:
 Northridge Hospital Medical Center Breaks Ground on the Frederick Gruneck Tower. (l-r): Carl Cannata, Northridge Hospital Board Member; Jeri Holevas, Miss Northridge; Birch Bayh, U.S. Senator (D-Ind); David Hartman, Actor, NBC-TV’s Medical Center; Frederick Gruneck, MD, Northridge Hospital Founder; Byron Palmer, Honorary Mayor of Reseda; and Arthur Hunnicutt, Honorary Mayor of Northridge.

 In the late 1940's, Dr. Frederick Gruneck, a retired physician, envisioned a major medical center for the then rapidly expanding orchard community of the San Fernando Valley, and pioneered the humble beginnings of this stellar community hospital in 1955. Starting out as a modest 49-bed hospital with a one-room emergency room, Northridge Hospital has grown with the San Fernando Valley - generation after generation. The single story hospital was located in the middle of a five acre field formerly occupied by cows and chickens—and was the only hospital in L.A. County “cooled by refrigerated air.”

Would you believe that in 1955: A car cost $1,950, a house cost $17,500, and gasoline was 26 cents a gallon. Bread was 18 cents a loaf, and milk was 92 cents a gallon. A postage stamp was three cents, the average annual salary was $5,000, and the minimum wage was 72 cents per hour.

Born in 1955: Bill Gates (Co-founder of Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple Computers), Jerry Seinfeld (Comedian), Bruce Wills (Actor), Maria Schriver (Journalist and First Lady of California), Reba McIntyre (Singer/Actress), and Howie Mandel (Comedian).

Founder Dr. Frederick Gruneck

Proudly serving the 2 million residents of the San Fernando Valley for nearly 60 years, Northridge Hospital Medical Center is a 409-bed not-for-profit hospital that stands as a leading provider of quality healthcare to the community. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) accredits Northridge Hospital. Our medical staff consists of over 800 physicians who work with a team of approximately 2,000 hospital employees, including over 600 skilled and compassionate nurses. Since 1999, Northridge Hospital has been a  Dignity Health member.

Northridge Hospital made headlines during the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Despite being located at the epicenter of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake, Northridge Hospital staff implemented a successful disaster plan, allowing the hospital to remain open. Dedicated health care professionals were able to treat over 1,000 patients that came to Northridge Hospital in the first 48 hours following the earthquake -- in addition to caring for the existing patients.

Our Emergency and Trauma Center is one of only two hospitals in the San Fernando Valley equipped to treat traumatic and life-threatening injuries, and has the Valley's only Pediatric Trauma Center. The Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Cancer Center is a fully-accredited cancer center that offers the most comprehensive cancer treatment program in the Valley. The Harold & Carole Pump Department of Radiation Oncology offers state-of-the-art treatment for all stages of cancer which is unprecedented in the Valley.

The dually-designated CardioVascular Center invests in cardiac services and equipment that provide the most reliable surgical outcomes -- and less pain and recovery time for heart patients. This stellar team is specialized in treatments including vascular brachytherapy, cardiac catheterization, implantable defibrillators, electrophysiology, and other types of cardiovascular procedures.

The Women's Center provides a full spectrum of women's services in a private, comfortable setting. Our Babies First Maternity Services offers expectant mothers a variety of prenatal and childbirth services. We offer a friendly and caring environment for the young patients in our Pediatric Unit. In addition, Northridge Hospital is equipped with an advanced Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, as well as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for critical newborns.

Northridge Hospital’s Neuroscience Institute joins approximately 100 elite neurosurgical institutions in the U.S. to offer Gamma Knife noninvasive brain surgery and the first Advanced Primary Stroke Center in the San Fernando Valley.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine helps patients regain abilities and control of their lives. We offer treatment for all major disabling conditions, including spinal cord, brain injury, stroke, multiple trauma, amputation, neurological disorders, arthritis, and orthopedic problems.

Behavioral Health Services offers inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care for both adults and teens. Patients and family members have access to mental health assistance 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week through the Northridge Hospital Crisis Line at (818) 885-5484.

Other services include an integrative medicine, healing arts, and numerous support groups and community education programs. As a healthcare partner to the families we serve, our goal is simple - to offer compassionate, high-quality medical care to those in need and to assist the members of our community in achieving and maintaining good health.

Northridge Hospital Medical Center contributes significant benefits to the community every year. Programs provide for a healthier community through outreach to abuse victims, low-cost screenings, support groups, student programs, and are among the many community services supported by the hospital.

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Northridge Hospital Medical Center
18300 Roscoe Blvd
Northridge, CA 91328
(818) 885-8500