Since first opening our doors in 1961, we've watched the Silicon Valley become a vanguard of technical innovation. As both the area and our services have grown, we've worked hard to embody the entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional standards that characterize this region. As "The Hospital of Silicon Valley," we strive every day to meet the needs of our patients with proven innovations that result in the highest caliber of care.
It's been 50 years since we started digging the foundation for our first hospital building and we've been breaking new ground in health care ever since. You might say that innovating is part of our DNA. And it manifests in the multitude of things we do to stay on the cutting edge--in technology, treatments, programs, and even the architecture of our newest structures.
Put simply, we believe it's our responsibility to do whatever it takes to deliver the finest care, anywhere. As an independent, not-for-profit hospital, we are uniquely empowered to meet that challenge. That's because we answer to our colleagues and community rather than to a group of corporate stakeholders. This leaves us free to keep investing--and reinvesting--in the health of our patients. Our culture goes beyond a "can-do" attitude. We believe we can always do better. Our employees don't accept the status quo. They challenge it. Our administration doesn't create obstacles. It removes them. Here, ideas are conceived, considered, processed, planned, and launched with remarkable speed and efficiency.
You'll see examples of some of these ideas and innovations high-lighted throughout this report. And there are many more in practice and in the works. Many of them are driven by our physicians' vision and creativity. Allowing them the freedom to seek out and try new treatments and technologies has made us a magnet for some of the best medical minds in the nation. This also makes us a destination for patients who seek care that is truly state of the art. It is both our challenge and our honor to continue to meet their needs.