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Consistently ranked as one of the leading hospitals in the area, we are distinguished by our high-caliber staff and affiliated physicians, our comprehensive and innovative services, and a long history of community service.
El Camino Hospital Media Contacts
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Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications
Sr. Specialist Communications & Social Media
Marketing & Communications
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El Camino Hospital Facts at a Glance
El Camino Hospital is an acute-care, 443-bed, nonprofit and locally governed organization with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, California. Key medical specialties include behavioral health, cancer, heart and vascular, men’s health, orthopedic and spine, stroke, and the first Women's Hospital in Northern California. The hospital is recognized as a national leader in the use of health information technology and wireless communications, and has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center as well as back-to-back ANCC Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Care.
It is the mission of El Camino Hospital to be an innovative, publicly accountable and locally controlled comprehensive healthcare organization that cares for the sick, relieves suffering and provides quality, cost-competitive services to improve the health and well-being of our community.
Local voters approved the formation of the district in 1956 by a 12-to-1 margin. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors appointed a five-member board. Its first decision was the selection of a 20-acre orchard on Grant Road in Mountain View as the site for the new hospital. The name "El Camino Hospital" was also chosen. In 1957, voters approved a $7.3 million bond issue, again by a large margin, to finance the building and operation of the hospital. Construction of the four-story hospital began in 1958.
The El Camino Hospital Auxiliary was founded in 1958 with 1,000 members. The first medical staff, 21 members strong, was established in 1960. By 1961, all necessary preparations had been made and the hospital admitted its first patients on September 1, 1961.
Continuing a steady pace of growth over the next decades, the hospital added an array of community need-based services, including an outpatient surgery center, family birthing center, emergency, radiology and intensive care facilities, a psychiatric unit, and senior resource center. During the hospital’s third decade in the community, the El Camino Hospital Foundation was established to raise charitable contributions in support of the hospital.
In 2006, after the second groundbreaking event in El Camino Hospital’s history, construction began on the Mountain View campus on the new seismically compliant main hospital building. Three years later, after a festive ribbon cutting and community day with more than 8,000 people taking tours of the new facilities, the new state-of-the-art hospital in Mountain View opened on November 15, 2009.
In 2008, the hospital acquired the assets of the former Community Hospital of Los Gatos. The former owners closed the hospital in April 2009, but within 90 days, a fully renovated and staffed El Camino Hospital Los Gatos reopened that July. The 143-bed hospital continues to offer full service, acute care to residents of Los Gatos and surrounding communities, just as it had been doing since it first opened in 1962.
Fiscal Year 2014 Facts
Number of beds
Number of staff
|Number of physicians||Approx. 1,250|
|Number of deliveries||5,239|
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