George Graham, Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), passed away Friday, July 8, 2022
George was Torrance Memorial’s CEO from 1975 until he retired in 2005. After retirement he served as a member of the medical center board for many years. At the onset of his career at Torrance Memorial, he focused on the improvement of cost-effective delivery of patient care and established guidelines for the areas of service which paved a path to today’s centers of excellence. Throughout his three decades as CEO, his visionary leadership brought advanced care to the South Bay. In 1975 Torrance Memorial opened the first heart catheterization laboratory and, in the years following, George directed investment in technology which allowed Torrance Memorial to offer cutting-edge imaging and radiation oncology treatment. Under his tenure, Torrance Memorial also launched the cardiac rehabilitation program, blood donor center and expanded the medical center campus with the opening of the North Wing (Hunt Tower) in 1983.
In his early years he was once quoted, “I would like to see Torrance Memorial Hospital become a continuously growing resource for the community, reaching out and serving a multiplicity of demonstrated health needs, supported by expanded facilities.” George Graham will long be remembered for his commitment to improve the health of our community and setting the trajectory of excellence which has allowed Torrance Memorial to be the regional medical center it is today.
George will be greatly missed, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.