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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 December 29, 1959 reads, "Each month Jewish War Veterans, Glendale-Burbank Post No. 650, visit ward 11 at the San Fernando Veterans Hospital. Besides providing cheerful company for bedridden former service personnel, members of post distribute gifts of money, fresh fruit, cigarettes and cards. Masai Suipi, left, opens box of candy presented by Irv Schwartz, center, and Norton Gendler."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
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