Our Commitment. Our Community.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital was founded in 1958 as a neighborhood health
care provider. Since we opened our doors more than 50 years ago, we have
evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the San Fernando Valley's
growing and diverse population. A vital community asset, our hospital
serves more than 100,000 patients each year as one of largest independent,
nonprofit hospitals in the Valley region.
Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley – where the population
has burgeoned to more than 1.8 million people and is projected to increase
3% by 2016 – we provide a full range of acute care services to the
community's increasingly diverse patient population. About 57% of
the population is Hispanic, 22% Caucasian, 13% Asian/Pacific Islander,
4% African American, and 4% are classified as "Other." The need
for reliable access to high-quality health care services is significant
in the Valley Region. More than a quarter of the residents in our Primary
Service Area of 900,000 people are on Medi-Cal and 28% are uninsured.
Our hospital serves as a safety net for many of the region's most
vulnerable patients, delivering high quality care and service that is
close to home.
Accessible Centers of Excellence
Valley Presbyterian Hospital has never wavered on its promise to deliver
excellent care to the San Fernando Valley community.
Emergency Department treated more than 64,000 patients in 2013, many of them children. Children
and their families take comfort in knowing that the department carries
Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) designation, which demonstrates that our department is specially-equipped
to meet their needs, with specialized pediatric teams, including pediatric
surgeons and anesthesiologists, who are ready at a moment's notice
to assemble, triage, and fast-track children to the care they urgently
need. For patients in need of emergency cardiac care, our hospital is
Cardiac STEMI Receiving Center, a designation shared by only 25% of hospitals nationwide. As a STEMI
Receiving Center, the Emergency Department, Cardiac Catheterization Lab,
Cardiologists, and Cardiac Surgery Services team collaborate during the
critical 90 minutes following the onset of chest pain to ensure the best
possible outcomes. Valley Presbyterian Hospital also is certified as a
Stroke Receiving Center.
In 2017, Valley Presbyterian Hospital was designated a Pediatric Medical
Center (PMC), recognized by the County of Los Angeles, which allows our
team of pediatric specialists to treat and handle a higher level of care
needed for our pediatric patients in our pediatric intensive care unit
(PICU). Only three hospitals are a designated PMC in the San Fernando
Valley, and we are proud that VPH is one of them. Our advanced pediatric
care is housed in a beautifully remodeled environment for the children
and families of the San Fernando Valley. The upgraded 25-bed
Pediatric Medical Center (PMC) and 10-bed
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) put the latest medical technologies in the hands of our specialized
staff, while helping put our young patients and their families at ease.
Inside one of the Valley's most advanced pediatric facilities, our
exceptional team of pediatric specialists diagnose, intervene and treat
our youngest patients – always remembering that each patient is
At Valley Presbyterian Hospital, we are proud to welcome more than 3,500
babies into the world each year. In fact, our
Little Treasures Maternity Services program delivers the most babies of any hospital in the Valley region.
The department provides intimate and comfortable family birthing suites,
breastfeeding support, and childbirth preparation and parenting classes.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Level III (NICU) is one of the largest in the Valley region and often receives patients
from other area hospitals. Board-certified neonatal intensivists and neonatal
nurses, who are specially trained and certified in critical newborn care,
work to ensure long and healthy futures for our smallest, most vulnerable patients.
Our 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment reported that 7.3% of the population
in our primary service area has been diagnosed with diabetes, and its
prevalence increased by 50% from 1997 to 2011. We are addressing this
serious community health problem and others through
community outreach and education programs, which are offered free to the public on topics ranging from nutrition
and exercise to stroke prevention and healthy maturity. In 2013, more
than 3,000 community members attended our community health education programs.
For patients who are at risk of lower extremity amputation, our
Amputation Prevention Center is one of only a few facilities nationwide devoted entirely to limb salvage.
Our patients have access to a dedicated care team of vascular surgeons,
podiatric surgeons and experts in limb salvage and wound management, who
work together to save limbs and restore lives.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital is recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a
Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery. We are recognized for our expertise in delivering a higher quality of
hip and knee surgery, with a higher level of efficiency in delivering
care, resulting in better patient outcomes compared to other institutions.
Our Valley Hip and Knee Insitute (HKI) located in Tarzana, is home to
an outstanding team of nationally recognized orthopedic experts who specialize
in the latest joint replacement techniques and minimally invasive procedures.
The Prescription for a Vibrant Region
A thriving community hospital is the prescription for a healthy community
— and a strong, vibrant region. Our pledge to deliver quality care
remains steadfast. In order to fulfill that promise, we depend even more
on charitable gifts to make the critical difference in our ability to
deliver essential services to a growing and changing community.
Years ago, the Valley Presbyterian Hospital leadership made a decision
to continue to serve this region as an independent, nonprofit, community
hospital. They were convinced that we could adapt more quickly to our
patients' changing needs and act in the best interest of our community
if decisions were not driven by a corporate agenda of a remote governing body.
We remain committed to this ideal, and with strong internal leadership
and the help of visionary philanthropists, we expect to remain one of
the largest, most vital hospitals in the region, always aspiring to achieve:
"Excellence in all we do."