Before Glendale Was A City, Glendale Adventist Was Keeping People Well
You may not remember when Glendale had dirt roads, or a population of only 500. But we do. In fact, Glendale Adventist Medical Center is one of the city's oldest businesses---founded in 1905, a year before Glendale was incorporated as a city. Back then, we were known as Glendale Sanitarium, and we occupied the former Glendale Hotel, a beautiful 75-room Victorian structure on what is now Broadway Avenue.
Then, we were owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. And it was our Christian mission of community caring that helped form our far-reaching reputation as a "health resort" of choice. Now, as part of Adventist Health, this same mission continues, stronger than ever.
As people flocked to the Sanitarium for our groundbreaking wellness programs, many fell in love with Glendale, also known as "The Jewel City." And as the city grew, we grew right along with it---bringing good health to our neighbors every step of the way.
Our Approaches To Health Are Still Making News
Believe it or not, some doctors at the turn of the century prescribed tapeworms for obesity and tobacco for lung ailments. But Glendale Sanitarium took a much different approach - common sense and wellness. Shunning alarming medical fads, we offered a healthy diet, exercise, rest and recreation as more effective alternatives. In fact, from the start, we focused not just on treating the sick, but on teaching people how to stay healthy.
Over the years, that approach has never changed. We were, for example, among the first to offer stop-smoking classes, and today we offer more than 50 classes geared to nearly every age and need. We're very proud to say we've spent nearly a century keeping Glendale healthy. Indeed, it comes as no surprise that, although fads persist, today's medical community has overwhelmingly embraced the very same principles of wellness that we helped pioneer.
We're Planning For Glendale's Healthy Future
If there's one constant in health care, it's change. And if there's one thing we've learned over our 100-plus years, it's how to adapt and prepare for the future. You can take comfort knowing we've been here a long time, under the same ownership. In fact, we're a part of Adventist Health, a system of 19 hospitals---all of whom have long-standing histories in the communities we serve.
We know that changes in technology, legislation and health care financing can often make health care confusing and intimidating. But we approach change with a powerful weapon - an unchanging commitment to you and our community's health. It's that commitment that has allowed us to grow from a 75-bed sanitarium to the 515-bed full-service facility we are today. And it's that commitment that has allowed us to offer Glendale the latest treatment and wellness options for more than a century.