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October 9, 2012 > St Rose Hospital celebrates 50 years of service

St Rose Hospital celebrates 50 years of service

Submitted By Renee Snyder

October 2012 marks an exciting milestone for St. Rose Hospital - 50 years of compassionate care.

St. Rose Hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita Kansas opened on October 22, 1962 to serve the ethnically and economically diverse communities in and around Hayward. After 43 years and with the encouragement of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Rose Hospital became an independent not-for-profit community hospital. The goal of the hospital boards and medical staff was to continue the mission of the Sisters and carry on the traditions of the past.

Reflecting on the past 50 years, we are proud of the accomplishments and service provided to the community. A few examples of our past achievements include the Silva Pediatric Clinic, treating more than 15,000 under-served and uninsured children annually, the Community-Care-A-Van, with on-site medical care at various school locations, Occupational Health Clinic, to care for the employees of our local business, Women's Imaging Center, Skilled Nursing Facility and one of the first Hospitalists programs in the Bay Area. Our commitment and constant presence in the community has been evident; the health fair in the grand white tent is attended by 2,000 people annually; flu shot clinics are offered yearly with more than 1,000 community members being immunized and we are proud to provide educational classes and support groups. From the beginning there has been a robust volunteer program including Candy Stripers, Shine Students, FACES Program and a very generous Auxiliary that has given one million service hours and $1M.

In 1977, the St. Rose Hospital Foundation was established. The Foundation raises an average of $1M-$1.5M a year from events, grants and fundraising efforts that is given back to the hospital to provide needed care for patients. The benefits from these proceeds are far-reaching... from a patient technology fund that allows the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment to enhance patient care to a patient assistance fund designed to help needy patients and seniors that need help ensuring a safe discharge and recovery. Recently, the Foundation received the notable "Most Fabulous Event Nationwide" award for hosting the best event throughout the U.S.

Today, the hospital's services have expanded but the mission remains the same. We continue to grow to meet the needs of the changing demographics of Hayward and the surrounding communities. The Emergency Room (ER) is a critical access point for 27,000 patients each year. It is the busiest ER in Alameda County after Alta Bates/Summit and Alameda County Medical Center. The hospital was designated as a Cardiac Receiving Center for Alameda County to provide emergency treatment for heart attacks. St. Rose has also excelled in acquiring significant technological advancements with the installation of a 320 Slice CT scanner - the only hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area to have this incredible diagnostic imaging technology. It can scan a heart in a single heartbeat with just a fifth of the radiation dose of a conventional scanner. The CT scanner is the perfect complement to the designated cardiac receiving center and cardiology services at St. Rose Hospital.

We have also expanded bed capacity with 30 new private patient suites and are redefining the way we provide care by utilizing electronic systems to assure the highest standards of quality and safety. Amidst the many improvements of the past and present, St. Rose Hospital looks forward to future advancements to further enhance patient care.

St. Rose Hospital has served the community for half a century with dedication and pride. Congratulations!

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