The Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Story
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), located at 345 South Halcyon Road in Arroyo Grande, California, is a full service, general, acute care, medical-surgical facility located in the heart of San Luis Obispo County. Established in 1961 and open to the public on April 15, 1962, AGCH is now a licensed 65 bed hospital serving residents in southern San Luis Obispo County.
Over the years AGCH has expanded its services. The first expansion occurred in 1977, another in 1987 and a front of the hospital facelift in1990. In 1999, the hospital also added a beautiful outdoor courtyard area.
On June 1, 2004, AGCH was acquired by Dignity Health, making a faith based, not-for-profit hospital. Dignity Health, headquartered in San Francisco is a system of hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest Catholic health care system based in the Western United States.
In 2007, AGCH opened a satellite facility, the AGCH Coastal Cancer Care and Diagnostics Center at 920 Oak Park Boulevard in Pismo Beach.
In October 2009, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital celebrated five years as a Dignity Health hospital where the facility’s new Healing Garden was unveiled.
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital has a dedicated team of Hospitalists (on-staff physicians) who are available for patient needs 24 hours/7 days a week. As of July 2010 AGCH has:
- Installed new state of the art equipment including a dual head nuclear camera, digital mammography, the latest Philips Ultrasound and a digital Picture Archiving Computer System (PACS) so x-rays can be sent digitally to patients’ physicians after a scan.
- AGCH has won seven years in a row, a five star rating for our Joint Replacement program including total knee and hip surgeries. The best orthopedic surgeons in the area perform ortho surgeries at our facility each week.
- The Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Joint Replacement.
- Program has also earned a five-star rating from Healthgrades and a Blue Distinction from Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
- The AGCH Cancer Program has been awarded accreditation as a Community Hospital Cancer Program, earning 7 out of 7 commendations by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). This places AGCH among only 1,480 cancer programs nationwide to earn this sought after accreditation and the only one in our county to do so. In addition, we have been awarded a CoC Outstanding Achievement Award, one of only 4 recipients in California and 80 in the U.S.
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital now has an established 501-3C Foundation which works with community members and local organizations to foster a partnership of understanding of the AGCH and Dignity Health mission. We now have several annual fund raising events to improve programs and services of the hospital including an annual Comedy Night event and "Golf N’ Grub" golf tournament.
AGCH is now acts as a leader with our Community Benefits Department to collaborate with other healthcare non profits and offer a variety of free health care lectures and screenings for underserved populations in our area.
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital proudly supports local Support of Nursing Programs at Cuesta College and Alan Hancock College. Nursing students can work at the hospital 12 hours but earn 24 hours of pay. AGCH helps pay off student loans if the student decides to work at the hospital.