Adventist Health Glendale

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Adventist Health Glendale
Adventist Health
Location1509 East Wilson Terrace, Glendale, California, US
Coordinates34°9′2.48″N 118°13′49.09″W / 34.1506889°N 118.2303028°W / 34.1506889; -118.2303028Coordinates: 34°9′2.48″N 118°13′49.09″W / 34.1506889°N 118.2303028°W / 34.1506889; -118.2303028
Care systemPrivate
Hospital typeCommunity
Affiliated universityLoma Linda University

Adventist Health Glendale is a nonprofit organization located in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, California, USA. Adventist Health Glendale is one of the city's oldest businesses, founded in 1905, a year before Glendale was incorporated as a city. It was then known as Glendale Sanitarium, and it occupied the former Glendale Hotel, a 75-room Victorian structure on what is now Broadway Avenue.

It was owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as part of its mission of community caring that helped form its reputation as a "health resort" of choice. It is now a part of Adventist Health with the same mission.

Today, Adventist Health Glendale has eight centers of excellence: Advanced Surgical Program, Cancer Services, Heart and Vascular Institute, Neuroscience Institute, Orthopedic Services, Rehabilitative Services, Spine Institute and Women's Services. In 2011, GAMC had been voted Glendale's Best Hospital for several years running. It also has a reputation as a Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, One of the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles and San Fernando Valleys, Gold Performance Plus Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association, and Three-Year Certificate of Approval with Commendations from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. It offers more than 80 support groups and ongoing health education classes.

In 2009, Adventist Health Glendale started HEALTHline, a weekly television show helping people to understand their health and health options. HEALTHline can also be viewed online.[1]

Adventist Health Glendale is heavily involved with the community and supports and participates in many annual events such as Glendale Downtown Dash held on daylight savings day every March, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Saving Strokes.

"Angel of Death"[edit]

Efren Saldivar, a respiratory therapist at the hospital until 1998, came to be dubbed the "Angel of Death" when he confessed to 50 murders of patients through the injection of paralytic drugs, though he later retracted the confession. In 2002, he was charged with six murders and pleaded guilty. Many more patients are believed to have died.[2]

Glendale Adventist Academy[edit]

In 1907, the Glendale Sanitarium, as it was called, had a one-room school in its basement. In the 1930s, that school relocated to a building in Chevy Chase and called itself Glendale Union Academy. Eventually, GUA relocated to its current location on Kimlin Drive and Academy Place and renamed itself Glendale Adventist Academy.[3] [4] [5]

Hospital quality[edit]

The HealthGrades website has much rating information on this hospital. Two items are presented here: patient outcomes for admitted patients and patient safety indicators. For patient outcomes, HealthGrades provides the following information:

  • Worse than expected outcome - 4 ratings
  • As expected outcome - 19 ratings
  • Better than expected outcome - 6 ratings.

Adventist Health Glendale is rated as follows on patient safety indicators:

  • Worse than average indicator - 2 ratings
  • Average indicator - 7 ratings
  • Better than average indicator - 4 indicators.[6]


Adventist Health Glendale is part of Adventist Health, a health care organization headquartered in Roseville, California. Adventist Health represents regional delivery networks spanning California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. The networks comprise 85 distinct business units including 20 acute care facilities—controlled, managed or leased—with more than 3,000 beds, 17,000 employees, numerous clinics and outpatient facilities, medical foundations and 18 home health agencies.[7]

Notable deaths[edit]

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