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VA officials dedicate new hospital patio
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Valley Times Photo Collection
Dean, Gordon
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The United States Veterans Administration Hospital, located at 13000 Sayre Street in Sylmar was the first Veterans Bureau hospital to be constructed on the Pacific Coast. It consisted of twenty buildings costing approximately $1,500,000 and had one of the finest tubercular institutions in the world. Upon completion, it could accommodated 232 beds, and in case of an emergency, could handle 1,000 cases. The American Legion medical committee headed by Dr. Browning, assisted the Veteran's Bureau in drawing the plans and superintending the work. The hospital stood until the earthquake on Feb. 9, 1971, when it collapsed. The site is now a tree-shaded park with a view of Pacoima Canyon and a plaque memorializing the quake's 65 dead.
Photograph caption dated May 17, 1961 reads, "John Alderman, left, manager of the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Fernando, and Murray Woolford, canteen officer, survey new hospital patio during ceremonies Friday. The patio is designed to serve as a recreation area for positive and ambulatory tubercular patients, previously limited socially because they were not allowed in the canteen, will now be able to have their own parties and projects."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Veterans Administration Hospital (San Fernando, Calif.)
Veterans Administration Hospital (San Fernando, Calif.)--Employees
Hospitals--California--Sylmar (Los Angeles)
Veterans' hospitals--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Veterans--United States
Patients--California--Los Angeles
Tuberculosis--Patients--California--Los Angeles
Patios--California--Los Angeles
Pergolas--California--Los Angeles
Outdoor furniture--California--Los Angeles
Umbrellas--California--Los Angeles
Tobacco pipes--California--Los Angeles
Trees--California--Los Angeles
Sylmar (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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