LANCASTER – More than 1,300 employees and their families celebrated Antelope Valley Hospital’s 60th anniversary last weekend.
The hospital was dedicated in October 1955 to much fanfare. Over the years, AVH has grown from its original 86 beds to today’s 420-bed facility that serves more than 218,000 patients annually.
Some of its recent accomplishments include the recently opened Institute for Heart & Vascular Care, becoming a Baby Friendly facility, being certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and being recognized as a Certified Healthcare District by the Association of California Healthcare Districts.
With 2,800 employees, 450 physicians and 550 volunteers, AVH is one of the area’s largest employers.
“We are extremely proud of the care we provide to both local residents and those who travel through the Antelope Valley every day,” said AVH Chief Nursing Officer Don Wenzler, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC. “While the community around us has grown exponentially over the past six decades, the hospital’s commitment to delivering exceptional care remains unchanged.”
The hospital’s birthday celebration included a barbecue, bounce houses, games, a dunk tank that soaked many hospital leaders, live music and, of course, a birthday cake.
For more information on Antelope Valley Hospital, visit www.avhospital.org or call 661-949-5000.
[Information via news release from Antelope Valley Hospital.]