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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 accommodate 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 November 19, 1958 reads "Mrs. Donald Catteral presents to Lowell C. Like, manager of Veterans Administration Hospital, San Fernando, literary material donated by Vergugo Hills Junior Women's Club for the hospital library. Mrs. Ruth Burwash, left, is chief librarian. Mrs. Roy Benning, club secretary, is at right." The hospital was actually in Sylmar.
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