Here is a reprint of an article in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune by Cynthia Kurtz, President & CEO of San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
SGV hospitals ranked among best in L.A. region
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By: Cynthia Kurtz
No one wants to get sick but when you do need medical care, you want to make sure you are getting the best. Luckily here in the San Gabriel Valley, we are in “good hands”. A March 2011 US News and World Report survey of hospitals in major metropolitan regions reported that seven San Gabriel Valley Hospitals are among the best in the Los Angeles Metropolitan region.
The honors went to City of Hope in Duarte, Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena; Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, Presbyterian Inter-community Hospital in Whittier, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona, Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia, and San Gabriel Valley Medical Center in San Gabriel.
The survey looked at hospitals that were already known to be among the best and that also had a wide breadth of expertise. None of these SGV medical facilities were lacking in recognition and awards even before the survey. Just in the last few months Huntington Memorial also received the Magnet Recognition Award for “Excellence in Nursing” from the American Nurses Credentialing Center; Methodist Hospital President and CEO, Dennis Lee became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare; San Gabriel Valley Medical Center was recognized by Avatar International with the Exemplary Service Award for improvement in patient service and Presbyterian Inter community received the 2011 CIO Award for utilizing innovative technology to advanced their business systems.
Hospitals aren’t just about healthcare. They are also a huge economic driver. Medical uses, researchers even medical production companies cluster together and support each other. Wherever you find a hospital you will find many related business usually within a few miles of the hospital.
Healthcare is one of the few sectors in the San Gabriel Valley that grew jobs even during the recession. Because many research hospitals are closely associated with private education it is difficult to separate jobs in these two sectors. Even without being able to separate the jobs into precisely one or the other sector, we can see the strong influence of healthcare as a job generator. In 2000 healthcare and private education accounted for about 85,000 jobs in the Valley. By 2008 that number had grown to 97,000. Then as almost every other sector started to shed job, these sectors continued to grow, at a slower pace but still they grew to an estimated 101,000 jobs in 2010.
These are good paying jobs too averaging salaries around $ $44,200 plus benefits.
Congratulations to the hospitals for the well deserved recognition. Thank you for taking care of us and thank you for all the jobs you create.
Update on last weeks best Chinese restaurants list: The Blue Ocean had a fire and is closed for repairs. Dumplings out grew their space in El Monte and has moved to 500 N. Atlantic in Rosemead…I tried these dumplings the day before they moved from the El Monte site. Trust me it is worth tracking down at the new location.
Thanks to everyone who sent me their San Gabriel Valley favorite restaurant. Keep them coming and we’ll print the list here soon. Let’s support our local restauranteurs this summer.