PIH Health Downey Hospital Marks 100 Years of Caring

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Published on August 18, 2020

PIH Health Downey Hospital Marks 100 Years of Caring

Image reading "Celebrating 100 Years of Caring, 1920 to 2020" above two black and white photographs of the hospital as it first appeared and how it appears nowSeptember 13, 2020 marks a significant milestone for PIH Health Downey Hospital (PHDH)—it’s centennial anniversary! The Downey hospital has been a cornerstone within the community, caring for generations of Downey residents and beyond.

Over the last century, PIH Health Downey Hospital has seen many changes and evolutions, driven by a mission to provide the best care for patients and communities and making enhancements and updates to achieve this goal. From its humble beginnings as a six-bed hospital in rooms located on the second floor of a former hotel, it has arisen as the second hospital of a vastly growing health system that services more than three million people.

“PIH Health is proud to continue its long legacy of healing and hope,” says Richard Trogman, PIH Health Downey Hospital President. “As we continue to prioritize the needs of our patients, we will continue to bring the best care, meeting the needs and expectations of our patients for generations to come, and creating a positive impact in our community for another 100 years.”

PIH Health Downey Hospital continues to evolve. Last year, the Emergency Department accommodated more than 56,000 visits, and that facility is being expanded to accommodate even more. We employ more than 1,200 people and feature a medical staff of over 400 physicians to care for our community.


Notable Milestones During the Past 100 Years Include:


1920   Hospital opens in Downey as Virginia Hospital, with six beds and two doctors, in rooms on the second floor of a former hotel.

1922   Moved to a new 15-bed hospital on East 5th Street.

1930   A group of five physicians purchased the hospital and renamed it Downey Community Hospital (DCH).

1930s-1940s Operating rooms, modern X-ray equipment, maternity/obstetrics wards and the first emergency department with around-the-clock care were added.

1956   DCH reorganized as a nonprofit hospital with 49 beds.

1960s Construction began on a new 152-bed facility at the current location on Brookshire Avenue.

1969   New hospital opens, and the day after opening eight surgeries were performed.

1970s-1990s DCH continued the growth of facilities and services to meet the healthcare needs of the growing community.

1999   Downey Community Hospital became Downey Regional Medical Center (DRMC), a total healthcare system that included a 199-bed hospital and DRMC Insurance Services

2003   Downey Regional Medical Plaza opened.

2012   DRMC emerged from financial reorganization and opened an advanced technology Catheterization Lab.

2013   Downey Regional Medical Center became part of the PIH Health family as PIH Health Hospital - Downey, the second hospital is the PIH Health system.

2014   The hospital begins a stream of short and long-term projects including updates to interior and exterior, seismic retrofitting, updated medical equipment, technological upgrades, and improvements to hospital processes.

2018   Grand opening of ED Express, extension of the Downey Emergency Department.

2019   PIH Health Hospital - Downey became a Primary Stroke Center.

2020   After the addition of PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital in December 2019, PIH Health Hospital - Downey name was changed to PIH Health Downey Hospital as a part of a new naming convention to align all hospitals in the PIH Health system.

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