California, the nation and the world were very different places in November 1954, when Eden Medical Center first opened its doors.
The early days of the Cold War dominated the international scene. McDonald’s wouldn’t open its first restaurant for another year, Disneyland was still a dream on the drafting boards, and Dwight Eisenhower was president. There were no personal computers, no Internet, no cell phones. Medicine was far less complex and less connected to high technology than it is today.
What has remained constant is Eden’s mission as a not-for-profit community hospital—to care for the health and well-being of the diverse communities it serves.
Eden’s impact is woven deeply into the fabric of this region. Over five decades, more than 70,000 babies have been delivered at Eden. Hundreds of physicians and thousands of nurses and employees have worked at Eden. Volunteers and donors have raised money, raised spirits and eased pain for innumerable patients and their families. Countless surgeries, lab tests and medical procedures have saved lives, repaired injuries and inseparably linked Eden to the people of its community.