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Our History

1905 Glendale SanitariumYou 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, our Christian mission of community caring helped form our far-reaching reputation as a "health resort" of choice. Today, this same mission continues, stronger than ever.

As people flocked to the Sanitarium for our groundbreaking wellness programs, many fell in love with Glendale. 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

During a time when doctors prescribed tapeworms for obesity and tobacco for lung ailments, Glendale Sanitarium took a much different approach—common sense and wellness. We offered a healthy diet, exercise, rest and recreation as more effective alternatives. Our focus was not just on treating the sick, but on teaching people how to stay healthy.

Over the years, that approach has never changed. We were 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. Although fads persist, today's medical community has overwhelmingly embraced the very same principles of wellness that we helped pioneer.

GAMC at nightWe're Planning For Glendale's Healthy Future

If there's one constant in health care, it's change. One thing we've learned over our 109-plus years is 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 our commitment to you and our community's health hasn't changed. 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.