In April, Torrance Memorial opened at 3330 Lomita Blvd., following the merger of the old Torrance Memorial Hospital with Riviera Community Hospital.


Miracle of Living, a community health education series was launched with the first lecture titled "Personal Ecology—Are You Poisoning Yourself?"


Torrance Memorial recognized the importance of new technology:

A laminar airflow room was created. Providing the highest level of surgical sterility. The hospital's first hip replacement, open-heart surgery, and burn and neurosurgical procedures were performed in this surgical suite.

Torrance Memorial patients were offered ultrasounds, a new diagnostic technique that was previously unavailable to the South Bay. Dr. Mitchell Parver and Dr. Richard Hoffman were featured in a medical journal for demonstrating a real-time ultrasound machine in the United States.


Torrance Memorial celebrated its 50 th anniversary with an open house.

Mr. George Graham was newly appointed as Chief Executive Officer.

Torrance Memorial's first dedicated heart Catheterization Laboratory featured new high-quality Siemens X-ray camera that assisted physicians in determining whether patients needed heart surgery.


The Auxiliary made a new $250,000 pledge to the hospital and completed its final payment of $117,000 in 1981.


Cardiac Rehabilitation program was launched featuring state-of-the-art exercise equipment, patient education and rehabilitation services.

Torrance Memorial's Blood Donor Center opened, the first of its kind in the South Bay.

A new EMI full-body CT Scanner was purchased; it was used to take advance radiological images of the human body making exploratory surgery a thing of the past.

The oncology department acquired a linear accelerator, a machine to boost the effectiveness of radiation therapy to cancer patients

The Torrance City Council approved a proposed emergency helicopter landing area at Torrance Airport to air lift patients from and to Torrance Memorial.


Torrance Memorial Burn Center was recognized as one of three regional burn centers in LA County, handling patients whose burn s were cause by accidents in the home or in the workplace.

The three-story East Wing opened, the new home to Radiation Therapy and Oncology departments, a hospital auditorium and education area, a remodeled nursery, new labor and delivery area, and a new Critical Care Wing.


Torrance Memorial received permission from state authorities to increase its bed capacity to 325, an addition of 78 beds.


Las Amigas was formed by a group of women dedicated to the promotion of quality, cost-effective health care.

Torrance Memorial Healthcare Foundation was established.


Torrance Memorial expanded into broadcasting business with the introduction of an in-house television station.

The first Holiday Festival of Trees was held. Becoming an annual fundraising event for the Las Amigas volunteer group.

Torrance Memorial began operations as a paramedic base station for Los Angeles County.


Balloon angioplasty procedure became more common for cardiac patients, replacing bypass surgery in appropriate cases.

The CT 9800 scanner was acquired. It enabled physicians to perform studies of head and body tissues with unprecedented detail and accuracy. The CT 9800 was one of the fastest and most advance scanning machines available.


A five story, 78-bed North Wing opened. The new wing housed a new entrance, lobby and gift shop on the first floor and office space on the second floor. Upper levels each had 32 single-occupancy rooms, increasing postpartum, orthopedic and medical-surgical units.


Torrance Memorial became the first South Bay hospital to install an in-house MRI machine. The diagnostic accuracy of neurological and muscular-skeletal disorder took a quantum leap forward.

The Intensive Care Newborn Nursery was completed, replacing the Special Care Nursery. The newly refurbished unit consisted of 12 licensed beds for newborn infants who required special nursing and medical care.

ADVANTAGE, a free network of services for people 55 years of age and older, was introduce.


Torrance Memorial was fully equipped with the latest in laser equipment for all current applications, surpassing all other hospitals in the South Bay.


Torrance Memorial had 1,500 employees, 800 physicians on medical staff, and 500 volunteers assisted with numerous aspects of hospital operations.


The second Cardiac Catheterization Lab opened. It was the first of its kind in the South Bay to feature such advanced radiologic equipment, allowing staff to not only diagnose heart attacks, but treat them as well.

Torrance Memorial became one of the regional leaders in the use of computer s to manage care. A state-of-the-art computer named SIDNe enable d staff to track medications and treatments for individual patients.

The Auxiliary, consisting of all hospital volunteers, made a new, $1 million dollar pledge to the hospital that would be fulfilled through two specials projects: the sales of the Gift Shop and new baby picture.


The Luminaries, Palos Verdes became Torrance Memorial's newest volunteer fundraising group.

The 400-plus-seat Health Conference Center was dedicated. The opening of this facility with its new meeting and even t space, enhanced and expanded Torrance Memorial programs for the community, such as Miracle of Living Lectures.

The Pet Visitation Program began with four dogs and their handler who provided friendly visits to many patients in the Medical Center.


The Outpatient Center opened in August to accommodate the various outpatient surgeries, a new state-of-the-art Radiation Therapy Service, a Cancer Resource Center, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Blood Donor Center.

The Radiation Oncology department housed a new liner accelerator that provided radiation treatment for malignancies ranging from skin lesions to tumors located within the body.


An outpatient Chemical Dependency program was established under the auspices of the Psychiatric Services Department, offering several levels of treatment for substance abusers and support for spouses and children.

The Cancer Resources Center opened. The Center was designed to link people with services and program of Torrance Memorial, to work cooperatively with the American Cancer Society and to assist patients in learning about community resources .


Torrance Memorial Medical Center was selected as a "Top 100 Hospital" for the first time. During the '90s, the medical Center received numerous performance awards.


The Torrance Memorial handbook was published, culminating a seven-year effort of a large task force of Torrance Memorial employees to define the Medical Center's values and behaviors.

Torrance Memorial Board of Trustees reaffirmed the Mission Statement incorporating the five Medical Center values into a statement of Our Beliefs.


The Torrance Memorial Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Breast Diagnostic Center acquired the new, single-insertion Mammotome Biopsy System for suspicious areas in the breast. Its features included improved accuracy of diagnosis and the ability to obtain larger tissue samples from a suspicious area more rapidly without sacrificing patient comfort.


The Diagnostic Imaging Center open to meet the needs of rapidly increasing demand for outpatient radiology services, a second spiral CT scanner and additional ultrasound and radiologic capabilities were added in a convenient and private outpatient setting.

The new state-of-the-art Emergency Department expanded the capacity from 14 to 20 beds and incorporated a number of new technologies to improve patient care. Following its opening, the department physicians and employees implemented innovative methods of processing patients which resulted in shorter patient waiting times.

HealthBeat, a one-half hour medical information television show, went into regular production. Created and produced by the Torrance Memorial's Media Service Department, and aired on local cable channels.


The former Gastrointestinal (G.I.) Lab was transformed into a new state-of-the-art Endoscopy Center featuring five treatment rooms, two of which have X-ray capabilities, and a 10-bed holding area. The Center enabled medical personnel to perform diagnostic procedures and to provide advance treatment modalities, some of which were available at only a few facilities throughout the area.


The Medical Center presented plans for its new eight-year Master Campus Plan. Initial plans of construction include an outpatient and administrative services tower, parking structure and numerous internal renovation projects to upgrade and expand the bed capacity and outpatient clinical departments.

Torrance Memorial leads the South Bay into molecular imaging with the addition of a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner. Scans are able to map the extent and spread of cancer and various heart conditions.

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