USC Verdugo Hills Hospital began as Behrens Memorial Hospital, which was established in 1947. To keep up with the needs of the growing La Cañada community, a new hospital was built on the hilltop land donated by the Greene family. In 1972, Verdugo Hills Hospital was formed as an independent, 158-bed acute care hospital. For over 40 years, our hospital has served patients in the cities of Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge and the surrounding Foothill communities of Southern California.
In 2013, Verdugo Hills Hospital partnered with the University of Southern California (USC), one of the world’s leading private research universities, creating USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, part of Keck Medicine of USC.
The rich history of our hospital and the community that made it a reality was memorialized in 2014 with the establishment of a history exhibit. This exhibit was envisioned and brought to life by long-time hospital supporters, Sue and Steve Wilder. When going through hospital scrapbooks, the Wilders learned just how many pioneers and leaders were instrumental in bringing this healthcare resource to our Foothill communities and they wanted to pay homage to that legacy. The exhibit is installed on the hospital’s third floor, adjacent to our healing garden. We invite you to view the exhibit and see how far we have progressed.