Mammoth Hospital Celebrates 40 Years!
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of Mammoth Hospital. What started as the dream of a few has grown to an essential community resource for us all. The Southern Mono Healthcare District was formed in 1968 by a group of proactive Mammoth citizens and visionaries who understood that to have a thriving community required good health care services. It took several years of dedication to overcome many obstacles.
When our hospital first opened in the winter of 1978, you wouldn’t have found a single computer in the original 20,000 square-foot facility. This was before CT and MRI scanners, and other high tech medical imaging devices. Arthroscopic and other minimally invasive surgical procedures and technologies were still in the early development stages. Large medical centers were just beginning to perform total joint replacements. If you suffered a broken leg at that time, it is likely that you would have sported a plaster cast and crutches for several weeks or placed in traction and kept immobile in a hospital bed for six to eight weeks! It was very difficult to find qualified doctors and nurses to come to such a remote environment with only 3,500 residents. It was often hard to make payroll. It was a daring dream to start a tiny hospital high in the mountains, but with time, perseverance, a lot of hard work, and generous community support, our hospital didn’t just survive, it thrived!
Today, the Southern Mono Healthcare District is proud to employ over 400 people who are dedicated to the health and well-being of our residents and guests. We are a publicly owned, not-for-profit, fully accredited hospital and our mission of delivering high quality care to all patients regardless of ability to pay is guided by our five-member elected board of trustees. We are proud of our national award-winning facility, our U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association affiliation with our orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists, our board-certified team of comprehensive primary care providers in family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health and our advanced care surgical specialists in general surgery and urology. We have a state-of-the-art Medical Imaging Center, full-service laboratory, advanced information technology, and nearly 100,000 square feet of modern, comfortable facilities.
We are proud to serve you and your family and we thank you for choosing us for your health care needs. We are excited about the future of health care, and look forward to putting patients first by providing meticulous care, by memorable people in our majestic location.