The story of Washington Hospital Healthcare System is the story of our community and a testament to what can be accomplished when citizens work together to achieve a goal.
Our story starts back in 1946 when the closest thing that residents of southern Alameda County had to a designated medical care center was Silva Maternity Home in Niles. When it closed, a larger public discussion was ignited that went beyond just replacing maternity services but included the need for local emergency services. The community had to think about health care accessibility and what they were willing to do to impact their future.
In June 1948, the 18,000 residents of this largely agricultural area voted to form the Washington Township Hospital District, formally beginning the process of building a hospital and ensuring access to modern health care services within their community. But wanting a hospital and paying for one are two different things. Between unsuccessfully applying for government funding, and successfully fundraising and agreeing to tax themselves, it would take the community a decade to raise the $3.5 million to build the 150-bed facility that is now Washington Hospital.
It’s no exaggeration to say that WHHS was literally built by the people, for the people, and our growth through the decades is a direct result of our adapting to meet the needs of the people we serve.
Residents of the Washington Township Health Care District are our owners, shareholders and stakeholders, and to this day, we credit their support as our greatest strength and one of the foundations of our success. That said, our commitment to public health extends beyond the borders of our district.
Over the years, we’ve expanded our footprint in the Bay Area with new facilities, new partnerships, and new services because community isn’t just where you live anymore – it’s where you work, where your kids go to school, even where you play. Bay Area Healthier Together is a natural extension of that.
It’s our hope that by lending our experience, dedication and knowledge to the greater Bay Area and taking an active role in the larger health care conversation, we can honor the legacy of the people, groups and communities that made this possible.
Washington Hospital Healthcare System Timeline Highlights
Silva Maternity Home closes, sparking a conversation for improved health care access in the area.
The Washington Township Hospital District is formed and residents begin fundraising for a hospital.
The Washington Medical Staff is organized with nine physicians on staff.
The Washington Hospital Service League was formed to volunteer support and provide funds for the new hospital.
The 150-bed Washington Hospital facility opens in Fremont.
The ICU accepts its first patient. The unit is the first such unit west of the Mississippi not associated with a teaching facility.
The six-story hospital tower is completed in order to accommodate the rapid growth of southern Alameda County.
The Washington Hospital Foundation was organized to raise funds in support of hospital programs.
Washington Hospital opens its first community-based clinic in Fremont.
The Washington-Stanford Radiation Oncology Center opened .
The Washington Clinic in the City of Newark opened.
Washington Outpatient Surgery Center opened as a joint venture with community physicians.
The board of directors approves a $47.2 million, six-year expansion project that would increase the Healthcare System’s main campus to 25 acres.
Washington Hospital celebrates the opening of the Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab).
Washington Hospital’s Health Insurance Information Service opens, a free service that helps consumers through the process of selecting a health plan and understand the complicated insurance language.
The Washington West facility opens, featuring the new Community Health Resource Library, expanded cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation center, and expanded outpatient services.
Center for Joint Replacement opens, offering a range of state-of-the-art services and pioneering minimally invasive hip surgery.
In order to help young people improve their lives and escape gang and drug culture, the Tattoo Removal Program, which coordinated tattoo removal, mentoring and social support services, is implemented.
In response to a community health study, the Community Mammogram Program is established to provide mammograms to uninsured District residents.
The WOW Mobile Health Clinic is licensed to provide care around the district and in times of crisis.
InHealth begins airing original health programming for those who live in Fremont, Newark and Union City.
The Nakamura Clinic opened in Union City.
Washington Hospital becomes the first hospital outside of Europe to treat patients using the new Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, the most advanced non-invasive device for the treatment of brain disorders.
The Washington Women’s Center and Outpatient Imaging Center opens, providing high quality diagnostic services and wellness programs in one convenient location.
The Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute opens, named in honor of former Washington Hospital general counsel Taylor McAdam Bell, who lost his courageous battle with brain cancer.
The first phase of several renovation projects, including the Central Utility Plant project, begins.
Washington Hospital becomes one of five hospitals in the Bay Area to receive Magnet status designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Magnet status means that the Hospital provides a superior level of health care for patients, displays innovative practices and employs nurses as part of its team who perform excellent work.
The 37,000 square foot central utility plant is completed, generating three times the power of the old plant, providing life-saving power in the event of an emergency, and meeting seismic safety criteria.
The new Center for Joint Replacement building opens, which is home to the Institute for Joint Restoration and Research.
Washington Hospital Healthcare System and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center announce a collaborative relationship to create a comprehensive, integrated regional healthcare network that brings academic-level care to the community.
Opening of the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion.