Mountain View Voice

News - October 14, 2011

Hospital's open house celebrates 50th anniversary

by Nick Veronin

El Camino Hospital will mark a half century on Saturday with an open house event showcasing the hospital's focus on cutting-edge medical technologies as well as giving the public a chance to meet Tomi Ryba, the newly appointed president and CEO of the hospital.

The hospital will open its doors to the community on Saturday, Oct., 15, from 1-4 p.m., giving the public updates on the medical technology work of the Fogarty Institute for Innovation and current clinical trials taking place at the Taft Center for Clinical Research. Children's fingerprinting will be offered, along with healthy cooking demonstrations and a raffle. The public will also have an opportunity to meet Barbara Dehn, also known as "Nurse Barb," who has a regular health segment through local CBS affiliate KPIX, "Barb's Daily Dose."

Hospital representatives said that El Camino has pursued a tradition of innovation and cutting edge care from the very beginning.

In 1966 — five years after its grand opening — the San Jose Mercury News wrote an article on the hospital with a headline proclaiming that El Camino was "Going All Out for Automation," and in 1971 the hospital formed a partnership with Lockheed to create what it says is the very first medical information system in the world.

In 1980, El Camino's operating room was named the most technologically advanced surgical suite in the area, and Popular Science identified it as the "most technologically advanced hospital in the world" in a 2009 issue.

El Camino Hospital's Mountain View campus is located at 2500 Grant Road. More information on the celebration can be found online at www.elcaminohospital.org/50th.

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