El Camino Health Media Contacts
We are available to assist journalists with resources for stories, arrange on-site logistics, and provide background information. To ensure federal patient privacy standards are upheld for all hospital patients and visitors, a staff member from Marketing & Communications must accompany all reporters and photographers while at the hospital or hospital operated clinics.
Reporters, videographers, still photographers and other media interested in coming to El Camino Health's hospitals, clinics or facilities must first contact a representative from Communications via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 650-694-3880.
One of our top priorities is to protect patient privacy and individually identifiable health information. We follow the privacy requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and existing California law. Patients must give specific authorization for the disclosure of their protected health information.
El Camino Health Facts at a Glance
El Camino Health provides a personalized healthcare experience at two not-for-profit acute care hospitals in Los Gatos and Mountain View and at primary care, multi-specialty care, and urgent care locations across Santa Clara County. For nearly sixty years, the organization has grown to meet the needs of individuals and communities it serves. Bringing together the best in new technology and advanced medicine, the network of nationally recognized physicians and care teams deliver high quality, compassionate care. Key service lines include behavioral health, cancer, heart and vascular, mother-baby, neurology, orthopedics, spine, urology and women's health. The hospitals have earned numerous awards for clinical excellence, including being named as a top 100 hospital in the nation by Fortune/IBM Watson Health and Newsweek, Best Maternity Care Hospital for Los Gatos hospital by Newsweek, and earning a 5-Star Overall Hospital Quality Rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). El Camino Health has earned four consecutive American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognitions for nursing excellence and quality patient care.
Local voters approved the formation of the district in 1956 by a 12-to-1 margin. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors appointed a five-member board. Its first decision was the selection of a 20-acre orchard on Grant Road in Mountain View as the site for the new hospital. The name "El Camino Hospital" was also chosen. In 1957, voters approved a $7.3 million bond issue, again by a large margin, to finance the building and operation of the hospital. Construction of the four-story hospital began in 1958.
The El Camino Hospital Auxiliary was founded in 1958 with 1,000 members. The first medical staff, 21 members strong, was established in 1960. By 1961, all necessary preparations had been made and the hospital admitted its first patients on September 1, 1961.
Continuing a steady pace of growth over the next decades, the hospital added an array of community need-based services, including an outpatient surgery center, family birthing center, emergency, radiology and intensive care facilities, a psychiatric unit, and senior resource center. During the hospital’s third decade in the community, the El Camino Hospital Foundation was established to raise charitable contributions in support of the hospital.
In 2006, after the second groundbreaking event in El Camino Hospital’s history, construction began on the Mountain View campus on the new seismically compliant main hospital building. Three years later, after a festive ribbon cutting and community day with more than 8,000 people taking tours of the new facilities, the new state-of-the-art hospital in Mountain View opened on November 15, 2009.
In 2008, the hospital acquired the assets of the former Community Hospital of Los Gatos. The former owners closed the hospital in April 2009, but within 90 days, a fully renovated and staffed El Camino Hospital Los Gatos reopened that July. The 143-bed hospital continues to offer full service, acute care to residents of Los Gatos and surrounding communities, just as it had been doing since it first opened in 1962.
Updates El Camino Health Fiscal Year 2021 Facts:
Number of beds
|Number of physicians||1,508|
|Number of deliveries||4,244|
|Community Benefit Grants||$3.4M|
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