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St. Luke Medical Center, Pasadena, California

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stlukesFor almost 70 years, St. Luke Medical Center in Pasadena, California, was  a critical health care resource for Pasadena, Altadena and Los Angeles County.

The main hospital facility was seven stories high, taking up 74,000 square feet. St. Luke included five wings and annexes, built over a 56 year time period.

St. Luke provided emergency and acute medical care and surgical services, and obstetrics, and the Hospital also had a transitional/skilled nursing unit. In 2002, the 165-bed Hospital was closed by former owner Tenet Healthcare Corporation.

Tenet closed the Hospital because it did not meet the company’s fiscal demands.  When it closed in 2002, the loss of emergency medical services was felt county-wide. Tenant sold the property a year later to Caltech (for approximately $18 million). Unable to use the land for office and research space, Caltech later sold the same property for an estimated $42 million.

According to Altadena Town Councilman Steve Lamb: “From the personal standpoint of a local community member and speaking as a individual, the closing of St. Lukes as a hospital has been a tragedy in terms of ease of access to medical care and local employment. That present plans from the developer do not include what so much of the Altadena and Pasadena communities have sought for that site, an urgent care facility, is both an insult to the community and a very large planning mistake that will become more and more clear as more of the population ages.”

In 2002, the Pasadena City Council declared St. Luke, the nearby convent and the chapel as city landmarks.

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Posted: September 22, 2014

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