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El Camino Health



At El Camino Health, our nationally recognized doctors and care teams are committed to providing you with high-quality, excellent care. We aim to deliver a healthcare experience that is designed around your individual needs.

When you choose El Camino Health for your care, you can count on:

  • Distinguished hospitals. Our fully accredited hospitals, Los Gatos and Mountain View , have received numerous awards and honors for high-quality healthcare.
  • Exceptional talent. Our reputation attracts high-caliber doctors who are approachable and friendly, a nursing culture exceptional for its highly personalized patient and family care, and leadership with a deeply personal commitment.
  • Innovative approaches to care. We seek new treatments and techniques, and contribute to the medical community through clinical trials . Our urgent care sites powered by Carbon Health enable easy, immediate scheduling and follow up through the Carbon Health app.
  • A focus on health. Our regional Men's Health Program offers a team approach to care and has a variety of specialists who are focused on men's health issues, including heart and vascular, urology, sleep disorders, sexual dysfunction and healthy weight. We created the South Asian Heart Center and the Chinese Health Initiative to address unique health disparities in our patient population.
  • A healing environment. Our spaces were specially designed for tranquility and comfort, such as our labyrinth walk .

Our Legacy: In the Beginning

In the mid-1950s, when orchards and fields in the Los Altos and Mountain View area were quickly turning into suburbs and commercial enclaves, a group of physicians and concerned citizens banded together to establish a much-needed community hospital. The few existing local hospitals were at capacity; hospitals to the north and south were badly overcrowded. The best and fairest way, they decided, was to form a hospital district and levy a tax so the cost would be shared among the population of the entire area.

Voters approved the formation of the district in 1956 by a 12-to-1 margin. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors appointed a five-member board. Its first decision was the selection of a 20-acre orchard on Grant Road in Mountain View as the site for the new hospital. The name "El Camino Hospital" was also chosen. In 1957, voters approved a $7.3 million bond issue, again by a large margin, to finance the building and operation of the hospital.

Construction of the four-story hospital began in 1958. Overseeing the building was the hospital's first administrator R. Edwin Hawkins, who went on to lead the hospital for 25 years. "The building of El Camino Hospital was the biggest thing in town," the late Mr. Hawkins said in a 1999 interview. "People were willing to do anything to support the hospital. There was real electricity in the air."

Proof of this was the formation in 1958 of the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary with 1,000 members. This was three years before the hospital opened. The first medical staff, 21 members strong, was established in 1960. By 1961, all necessary preparations had been made and the hospital admitted its first patients on September 1, 1961.

Growth and Progress

With the population in the area expanding, the hospital soon outgrew its original building, adding a fifth and sixth floor to the main building just a few years after opening. The hospital's identity with the valley's innovative spirit and technology expertise started as early as 1971. In partnership with Lockheed, El Camino Hospital implemented the world's first computer-aided medical information system, drawing visitors from all over the world.

Continuing a steady pace of growth over the next decades, the hospital added an array of community need-based services, including an outpatient surgery center, family birthing center, emergency, radiology and intensive care facilities, a psychiatric unit, and senior resource center. During the hospital's third decade in the community, the El Camino Hospital Foundation , now known as El Camino Health Foundation, was established to raise charitable contributions in support of the hospital.

In 2006, after the second groundbreaking event in El Camino Health's history, construction began on the Mountain View campus on the new seismically compliant main hospital building. Three years later, after a festive ribbon cutting and community day with more than 8,000 people taking tours of the new facilities, the new state-of-the-art hospital in Mountain View opened on November 15, 2009.

Expanding to Serve More Communities

In 2008, the hospital acquired the assets of the former Community Hospital of Los Gatos. The former owners closed the hospital in April 2009, but within 90 days, the fully renovated and staffed Los Gatos Hospital reopened that July. Located at 815 Pollard Road in Los Gatos, the 143-bed hospital continues to offer full service, acute care to residents of Los Gatos and surrounding communities, just as it had been doing since it first opened in 1962.

Silicon Valley Medical Development LLC , an affiliate of El Camino Hospital, aspires to elevate the healthcare experience – beyond healing – for the communities we serve. Through physician partnerships, we provide our patients with healthcare options that fit their lifestyle. Urgent care, primary care and specialty care services are provided at 11 locations across Santa Clara County.

In addition to delivering healthcare services across Santa Clara County, El Camino Health's employee assistance and mental health program, Concern , offers employers across the country an optimized blend of human connection, compassion, and technology to help employees build resilience and achieve emotional well-being. Services include resources for employees and their families to stay creative, calm and effective even when dealing with setbacks, change and/or pressure. Concern has been affiliated with the hospital corporation since 1981.

Clinical Services

Community Health Services

During your hospital stay, you'll receive swift, attentive care from a team of disease specialists led by our hospitalist doctors.

General medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on infectious disease, wounds and fevers, which require vigilant care. At El Camino Health, specialists from a variety of disciplines work together to find the best medical treatment for our hospitalized patients.

The team is assembled and led by a hospitalist, a board-certified doctor of internal medicine who specializes in inpatient care. Mountain View Hospital (El Camino Hospital) was the first community hospital in the Bay Area to introduce hospitalists to the hospital care team .

The hospitalist is the doctor responsible for admitting you to the hospital. He or she helps manage and coordinate all your care, serving a similar function to your primary care doctor during your hospital stay. Many admitted patients suffer from one acute condition — an illness with a rapid onset and short duration — but have one or more chronic conditions that need to be addressed while hospitalized. Your hospitalist informs and consults the specialists for each care issue. Hospitalists also serve as the admitting doctors for cardiology, surgical, gastroenterology, stroke and neurosurgical patients.

While a specialist covers acute conditions, the hospitalist remains involved to coordinate all the services you need, facilitate communication among care providers, and provide a constant presence.

When you leave the hospital, your hospitalist will give your primary care doctor a full summary of your care, treatment plan and medications so your doctor can provide appropriate follow-up care.

We focus on the comfort and care of patients admitted for:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Our specialized COPD program provides coordinated care and continued monitoring to help you stay healthy and out of the hospital.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most complex diseases to manage. In our diabetes education program , nurse educators teach hospitalized patients with diabetes how to care for themselves.
  • Infectious disease , including influenza . We use the latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to control infectious illness. Prevention plays a major role in every aspect of care at El Camino Health.
  • Sepsis. The latest technology and best practices make our program effective in combating the serious risk of sepsis, the body's inflammatory response to infection.
  • Wound care. El Camino Health offers advanced prevention therapies and extensive expertise in complex wound care management.

Many of our patients are elderly or struggling with dementia or other geriatric issues. They receive sensitive care guided by the NICHE Program (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) , which promotes practices that enhance quality and patient care for older adults.

We're equipped to manage injuries and illnesses that range from minor to life threatening. Our doctors and emergency care clinicians are specially trained to provide fast, expert care.

When to Get Emergency Care

Do you know when to seek emergency care? Most people know to get emergency care for chest pain or a broken bone, but many other injuries or illness also call for immediate medical attention. See our emergency checklist for a comprehensive list of conditions that require emergency treatment.

If you are the person in need of emergency care, don't attempt to drive yourself to the hospital - find a ride or call an ambulance.

If the emergency is life-threatening, call 911 immediately.

Prompt, Thorough and Advanced Care

Your comfort and well-being are our top priority. We make every effort to provide the highest level of care with minimal wait times . Our emergency care team works closely with all members of the El Camino Health medical staff to provide prompt, efficient care using the latest technology.

We offer:

  • Sophisticated diagnostic technology. Our advanced imaging center provides the latest tools for diagnosing conditions and planning treatment.
  • Heart attack care expertise. We're designated as a specialty STEMI Receiving Center, which means we're able to provide primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to treat the most urgent kind of heart attack — an ST segment elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI). A STEMI is a complete blockage of a blood vessel to the heart . Our chest pain and heart attack expertise has earned us national recognition by the American College of Cardiology.
  • National recognition for stroke care. El Camino Health received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for stroke care , which indicates that we meet or exceed national standards for stroke treatment.
  • Crisis intervention. As part of our commitment to offering top-quality care, the emergency department works closely with mental health services on our Mountain View campus to provide psychiatric crisis intervention and an acute inpatient program .

Sutter Health

Doctors at the Mountain View Center offer high-quality, patient-focused care for you and your family. Our comprehensive health care services include primary care (family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics), an outpatient SurgiCenter, an urgent care center, diagnostic radiology and laboratory departments, a pharmacy and conference rooms for health education and community workshops. The Mountain View Center has some of the best doctors in the Bay Area, ready to see you today.

701 East El Camino Real Mountain View , CA , 94040

(650) 934-7000

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Network Affiliation
  • This location is part of Sutter Health's Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Stanfords Childrens Hospitals

About Stanford Children's Health

Stanford Children's Health is the only health care system in the San Francisco Bay Area—and one of the few in the country—exclusively dedicated to pediatric and obstetric care . Our physicians and health care teams offer comprehensive clinical services, from treatments for rare and complex conditions to well-child care at more than 60 locations .

We're honored to once again be ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report . And, thanks to our academic affiliation with Stanford Medicine and Stanford University , we have access to some of the best innovative minds in medicine, science and research working to develop groundbreaking advances and new discoveries. Our new hospital expansion adds an additional 521,000 square feet to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital , allowing us to treat even more patients and advance our preeminent care.



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