Torrance Memorial Medical Center, originally named The Jared Sidney Torrance
Hospital, admitted its first patient on May 17, 1925. Mr. Torrance, the
city of Torrance’s founder, recognized early on his city needed
a first-class hospital. He put plans in motion for one but died three
years before its completion. His wife, Helena Childs Torrance, worked
tirelessly through to its completion after his death.
Today Mr. Torrance would be amazed at the technology and lifesaving procedures
performed by the experienced medical care team treating patients with
as much compassion and care as the first doctors and nurses did years ago.
Throughout its 96-year history, Torrance Memorial has always recognized
the importance of new technology. Here are some of the highights.
1973: Laminar Airflow Room 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. Patients
offered first Ultrasounds in the South Bay.
1975: First dedicated Heart Catheterization Laboratory featured new high-quality
Siemens X-ray Camera to assist physicians in determining whether patients
needed heart surgery.
1977: New EMI full-body CT Scanner took advance radiological images of the human
body, making exploratory surgery a thing of the past.Linear Accelerator
Machine, acquired by oncology to boost the effectiveness of radiation
therapy to cancer patients.
1983: Balloon Angioplasty Procedure became more common for cardiac patients,
replacing bypass surgery in appropriate cases. The CT 9800 Scanner acquired
enabling physicians to perform studies of head and body tissues with unprecedented
detail and accuracy.
1986: First South Bay hospital to install an in-house MRI machine. The diagnostic
accuracy of neurological and muscular-skeletal disorder took a quantum
1987: Torrance Memorial surpassed all other South Bay hospitals with fully-equipped
in-house Laser Equipment.
1989: A second Cardiac Catheterization Lab opened, the first of its kind in the
South Bay to feature such advanced radiologic equipment, allowing for
diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks.
1991: The Radiation Oncology department housed a New Linear Accelerator that
provided radiation treatment for malignancies ranging from skin lesions
to tumors located within the body.
1997: The Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Breast Diagnostic Center acquired the new,
single-insertion Mammotome Biopsy System for suspicious areas in the breast,
providing improved accuracy of diagnosis without sacrificing patient comfort.
1998: The Diagnostic Imaging Center opened to meet the needs for outpatient radiology
services, a second Spiral CT Scanner and additional ultrasound and radiologic
capabilities were added.
1999: The former Gastrointestinal (G.I.) Lab was transformed into a new state-of-the-art
Endoscopy Center featuring five treatment rooms.
2000: Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanner acquired to provide molecular
imaging able to map the extent and spread of cancer and various heart
2004: Intensity Modulated Radiation (IMRT) obtained to substantially reduce risk
to normal tissues when receiving chemotherapy.
2006: The Da Vinci Surgical System is acquired using advanced robotics and special
3D imaging to transform a surgeon's hands and fingers in highly-maneuverable
instruments for minimally- invasive surgical procedures.
2007: State-of-the-art Surgical Suite debuts, promoted as the most advanced
endovascular suite in the country.
2008: Laminar Flow Air-Handling System installed in the 5 new surgical suites.
2013: The latest radiation therapy is acquired in TrueBeam, a state-of-the-art
linear accelerator that helps zero in on tumors while sparing normal tissue.
2014: The $480 million, 256-room state-of-the-art Lundquist Tower debuted with
highly-sophisticated operating rooms including the South Bay’s first
Hybrid Operating Room merging minimally-invasive and traditional surgical
services with advanced imaging technology.
2015: 3D Breast Mammography brings cutting-edge technology to the South Bay
with 41% increase in detection of breast cancers.
2016: Radiation Oncology Center refurbishment completed with the acquisition
of new Linear Accelerator Technology.
2019: Hunt Cancer Center opened, featuring state-of-the-art treatment facilities
and equipment. Mako SmartRobotics acquired allowing surgeon ability to
cut less but cutting precisely what is planned to help protect healthy bone.