Lakewood Regional celebrates 50 years of community service

LAKEWOOD MAYOR Steve Croft said of LRMC, “You have been the saving grace of our community, and I commend you for being our heroes. The hospital is a 172-bed acute care facility specializing as a primary stroke center with award-winning cardiac care services, 24-hour emergency care, bloodless medical care, surgery and emergency care.

By Tammy McDuff

June 24, 2022 ~ For the past 50 years, Lakewood Regional Medical Center has been an integral part of the Town of Lakewood and surrounding communities.
The hospital is a 172-bed acute care facility specializing as a primary stroke center with award-winning cardiac care services, 24-hour emergency care, bloodless medical care, surgery and emergency care.
Most recently, the hospital received designation as the Primary Stroke Center for Los Angeles County, receiving this designation for its highly specialized capabilities in neurological diseases.
The staff and medical team have accomplished this success while caring for patients during CoVID, demonstrating their commitment to advancing healthcare.
The last two years of the pandemic have taken the hospital on a journey it never imagined.
The team has stepped up to do what they do best and provide exceptional care, serving hundreds of people with the virus through their dedication and commitment.
Over the past half century, staff and physicians have achieved the impossible while remaining dedicated to personal care.
A celebration was held on June 9 to mark 50 years of service. These years have included facility renovations and aesthetic upgrades, new technologies and the recruitment of bright new leaders, professional staff and physicians, all while celebrating a great legacy and building a strong foundation.
Lakewood Regional Chief of Staff Dr. Eric Cheung congratulated the administration: “Fifty years is a brave step. Medicine has changed and improved over the past half century. It brought us the first artificial heart, advances in imaging, robotics in surgery, and the ability to restore sight to blind eyes and target treatments for many diseases. Over the next fifty years, medicine will continue to advance, and I am proud of this hospital and this administration. They have managed to thrive during the pandemic.
Chairman of the Lakewood Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and newly re-elected Mayor of Lakewood, Steve Croft, presented the hospital with a Certificate of Excellence, saying, “The town has a long and successful partnership with the medical center. Lakewood Regional. They served the community and surrounding areas with care and commitment. Not only does the hospital care for our residents, but it is also the town’s largest employer. You have been the saving grace of our community and I commend you for being our heroes.

Jill E. Washington