Since 1925 when the Jared Sydney Torrance Memorial Hospital first opened
its doors, the Labor & Delivery department has been an integral part
of the hospital’s day-to-day operations and a key service area to
On May 12, 1935, in recognition of its 10th anniversary, the hospital staff
was reported to have delivered 1,701 babies (including 18 pairs of twins).
In the last decade, Torrance Memorial has delivered 30,057 babies and
574 pairs of multiples (twins and triplets).
Following are a few highlights from our history:
1925 – The first baby, a boy, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frost at Torrance
Memorial Hospital on May 23. Lighting in the nursery was from the floor
to protect the babies eyes.
1986 – The Torrance Memorial Intensive Care Newborn Nursery was completed.
The newly refurbished unit consisted of 12 licensed beds for newborn infants
requiring special medical care.
2005 – Phase 1 of the new Family Birth Center was completed.
2005 – As the hospital grew in capacity, the need for increased numbers
of experienced registered nurses (RNs) increased, and RN shortages in
specialty areas increased across the country. Torrance Memorial began
an RN Residency Program to train and keep our nurses onboard.
2011 – An in-house laborist program began and ensured 24/7 physician
coverage for Labor & Delivery.
2016 – A $41 million Hunt Tower renovation included Mother Baby which
completed with 25 refurbished, large, private rooms for mom, baby and
significant others. 2018 – A new neonatal intensive care (NICU)
unit opened with 25 new private rooms for critically ill neonates, with
space for parents to stay with their infant.
2018 – A new beach-themed pediatrics wing opened with 21 brand new
private rooms, eight adolescent rooms and 13 pediatric rooms, with space
for parents to stay over.
2018 – Torrance Memorial is designated a Baby Friendly Hospital from
World Health Organization/UNICEF.
2020 – Torrance Memorial is designated as the first and only hospital
in L.A. County to be certified as a Safe Sleep Hospital, demonstrating
its ability to offer mothers the information, skills and support to successfully
initiate bonding and breastfeeding.