Casa Colina Timeline

1936

  • Returning to Claremont from a national speaking tour as the "Mother of the Year," Frances Eleanor Smith gathers Claremont, Pomona, and Chino community leaders together to organize a treatment center for children with polio and other crippling diseases, based on "the most modern scientific principles."
  • The group locates Casa Colina, the "house on the hill," built for Margaret Fowler as her personal residence on the land in Chino where Boys' Republic was relocated in 1909 after she founded the organization in 1907. However, by 1936, after her death, the house stands vacant. Boys' Republic donates the use of the home to the group forming around Smith. They adopt the name of the house as the name for their new rehabilitation facility for children. The next two years are spent preparing the facility and raising funds for equipment and operation.

1938

  • Casa Colina opens with Frances Eleanor Smith as director, taking no salary. President Franklin D. Roosevelt sends his blessings to Casa Colina, calling it "the Warm Springs of the West."
  • Casa Colilna's first patient is admitted. Dr. John Wilcox, pediatrician, volunteers his services, beginning what was to become a lifetime relationship. The medical director is Dr. Ward M. Roland, an orthopedic surgeon of Los Angeles.
  • The first major addition comes in the form of a therapeutic pool, a gift of Phoebe Somers of La Verne in memory of her husband.

1944

  • The west wing addition increases bed capacity to 35. Young patients come from all areas of California, other states, and abroad.

1946

  • Casa Colina Thrift Shop, founded by Mrs. Hugh A. Thatcher, opens in Pomona. A schoolroom wing is added.

1949

  • The Fenton Memorial Wing, named for Dr. W. W. Fenton, is dedicated. Casa Colina can now serve 58 patients.

1952

  • Frances Eleanor Smith, who had guided Casa Colina since its earliest days, collapses while on a fundraising mission in Hollywood. The Los Angeles Times reports that, as she lay on the sidewalk, her last words were, "I feel so foolish lying here when there is so much to be done."

1953

  • Across the United States, trials are carried out for the Salk and Sabine vaccines for polio.

1955

  • The Chino building, its foundations crumbling, is beyond repair and further expansion. Stephen Zetterberg, a Pomona Valley attorney, chairman of the Casa Colina Board, and Dr. Ralph Perry, medical director, lead the planning for a new building in Pomona on land that once belonged to the Smith family. The new hospital building is designed as a facility for children with five-bed wards.

1959

  • By the time the new hospital is nearing completion, polio has been practically eradicated. However, modernized trauma care and emergency medicine are creating a new population of people who survived catastrophic accidents and disease, but were left with chronic disabilities. Casa Colina had been moving in the direction of providing rehabilitation for individuals with these spinal cord and brain injuries in the previous few years. Before construction is completed, the new hospital changes its purpose to treat both adults and children with a wide range of disabilities.

1960

  • Patients from Chino move into the new Pomona location.

1961

  • The new Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona, a spacious and accessible 66-bed facility, is dedicated on January 15.
  • The Casa Colina Auxiliary is organized.
  • Dr. Jonas Salk visits Casa Colina. Addressing a large audience, he says he understands why some of the people at Casa Colina might be angry at him for inventing the vaccine that conquered polio, because that was Casa Colina's main purpose for existence. However, he says, the skills and culture of rehabilitation would need to be applied to many diagnoses, and Casa Colina would have an important and challenging future as an essential part of healthcare.

1963

  • A preschool for handicapped children opens with Dr. Anabel Teberg as pediatrician.

1967

  • Casa Colina Hospital for Rehabilitative Medicine receives its first accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH), an accreditation continuously held since that time.

1973

  • Dale E. Eazell is named president and chief executive officer.

1973 - 1974

  • A unique new program, Chronic Back Pain Management, opens with Dr. Herbert Johnson as medical director.
  • New outpatient Children's Service programs are introduced with Elizabeth Neumann, PhD, as director.
  • A specialized Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program opens with Dr. Julie Botvin Madorsky as medical director.
  • Casa Colina receives its first CARF Accreditation (Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

1975 - 1976

  • The Teaching Center opens, offering many professional educational opportunities.
  • The Day Treatment Program is introduced, one of the first programs in California to offer innovative alternative rehabilitation services.
  • Philanthropists Jack and Berne Meiselman present Casa Colina Palms, a Palm Springs apartment complex, to Casa Colina.
  • Physical and occupational therapy areas are enlarged, with new state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Casa Colina sponsors the State Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled, constructing a building for its use on the Casa Colina campus.
  • A new Children's Services Center is constructed to provide pediatric outpatient rehabilitation services.

1976 - 1977

  • Children's Diagnostic and Referral Services are introduced.

1977 - 1978

  • The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program opens with Dr. Tae Soon Kim as medical director.
  • Infant Stimulation, with Dr. John Wilcox, pediatrician, is introduced at Children's Services Center to work with children with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
  • The Outpatient Pain Program opens and Respiratory Therapy services are introduced.

1979 - 1980

  • The Case Management Program for Worker's Compensation opens.
  • The Wellness Research/Education Program is developed.
  • Casa Colina Condors wheelchair basketball team wins its first national championship, going on to win nine championships in the next 14 years.
  • Adult Day Healthcare is licensed by the State of California. Casa Colina staff play a large part in defining the licensure, working with state officials.

1980 - 1981

  • The Transitional Living Center is introduced as a transitional phase between acute rehabilitation and return to home for adults with brain injury.
  • The Sexuality Clinic and the Independent Living Program for patients with spinal cord injury open.

1981 - 1982

  • Transitional Living Center Residence II is added.
  • The hospital dining room is enlarged and remodeled.

1982 - 1983

  • Transitional Living Center Residence III is added.
  • Founder's Wall, a major donor program, opens.
  • Multiple Sclerosis and Guillain-Barré Sydrome services are introduced.
  • Casa Colina celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the birth of its founder, Frances Eleanor Smith (March 21, 1882).

1983 - 1984

  • The new Corporate building is constructed at 2850 North Garey Ave.
  • The new Adult Day Healthcare Center is constructed at 2820 North Garey Avenue. The area between the two buildings is adapted as a multi-purpose room for education and meetings.
  • Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) are introduced as an element in controlling healthcare costs. Although rehabilitation is exempt from them at this time, they have a strong impact on many aspects of healthcare.
  • The Padua Village Residential Program is introduced, adding to Casa Colina's continuum of care residential services for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or brain injury.

1985

  • The Outdoor Adventures Program begins activities.

1986

  • The Hand Therapy Program begins.
  • Barbara Kyte, PT, Director of Outpatient and Clinical Services, is chosen as "Health Professional of the Year" by California Governor's Committee for Employment of the Handicapped.
  • Julie Madorsky, MD, Program Medical Director for Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, is honored as California Physician of the Year by Governor George Deukmejian.

1988

  • Dale Eazell, CEO and President, is selected as "Healthcare Executive of the Year" by the American Academy of Medical Administrators.
  • Julie Madorsky, MD, is honored by President Ronald Reagan as "U.S. Physician of the Year."

1989

  • Transitional Living Center moves into the newly constructed Laband Building.
  • With a donation from Mr. and Mrs. Stanton Avery, the therapy pool at Casa Colina Hospital is entirely renovated and dedicated to Rev. Dr. Perry Avery, who had been a patient at Casa Colina and was selected as a Rehabilitant of the Year in 1984.

1992

  • Casa Colina Rancho Piño Verde in Lucerne Valley begins long-term residential services for adults with brain injury.
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome public awareness campaign kicks off with a mailing that went to every pediatrician in California, with the support of the Permanent Charities Committee of the Entertainment Industry.
  • At the Paralympics, Casa Colina athletes are part of teams that win two Gold and two Silver medals.
  • Two wheelchair athletes who were Casa Colina patients and participants in the Wheelchair Sports Program win athletic scholarships to University of Texas at Arlington.

1993

  • The Casa Colina Condors men's basketball team wins its ninth national championship in 14 years.

1994

  • The American Horticulture Therapy Association awards Casa Colina the John Walker Community Service Award.
  • David Kiley, director of Casa Colina's Wheelchair Sports Program, receives a commendation from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness. The award is presented by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Kiley is asked to serve as a consultant to the Governor's Council.
  • Casa Colina's Transitional Living Center is chosen as a preferred provider for TLC Post-acute Brain Injury Services for the province of Ontario, Canada. Maintaining this relationship for several years, Casa Colina serves as consultant to the government health service of Ontario as they develop their own transitional living center.

1996

  • Casa Colina marks its 60-year anniversary with an all-day festival attended by more than 2,000 professionals and community residents.
  • The first Casa Colina Land Meets Sea Sports Camp is held in Long Beach, California.
  • Eight athletes from Casa Colina's Wheelchair Sports Program participate in the Paralympic games in Sydney, Australia, winning Gold in Men's Tennis Doubles and Bronze in both Men's and Women's Basketball.
  • Casa Colina Shooting Stars wins the national championship in Women's Wheelchair Basketball.

1997

  • SUPERKIDS Research Program for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is started at Children's Services Center.
  • Foothill Mayor's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities presents five awards to employers, employees, and vendors associated with Casa Colina's Career Development Center programs: Outstanding Employer, Employee, and Vendor.
  • Transitional Living Center patient Theresa DeVera is featured on Oprah, CBS This Morning, and in the Los Angeles Times.
  • Casa Colina Shooting Stars wins the national championship in Women's Wheelchair Basketball for the second straight year.

1998

  • Hand Clinics begin with surgeons Dr. Ann Vasile and Dr. Ross Nathan, implementing the first use of Freehand Control System in Southern California.
  • Dale Eazell, CEO and president for 25 years, retires. Felice L. Loverso, PhD, becomes the new CEO and president of Casa Colina.
  • Casa Colina, Inc. received the Corporate Community Service Award from Inland Valley News at the Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Luncheon. The Inland Valley News is the sole African-American owned newspaper between Los Angeles and San Bernardino.

1999

  • A 10-bed expansion at Casa Colina Rancho Piño Verde brings its total number of licensed beds to 34.
  • The Casa Colina Research Institute (CCRI) is launched, reinvigorating the research program at Casa Colina.
  • Casa Colina begins refocusing on serving acute hospital patients. The number of staff physicians, referring physicians, and acute-care patients rises dramatically.

2000

  • Casa Colina's Board of Directors recommits to the vision of Casa Colina as a Center of Excellence in the provision of rehabilitation services working within a medical leadership model, with Casa Colina Hospital as the clinical and cultural flagship of a network of services.
  • An Autism Program is initiated at the Children's Services Center under the leadership of Margaret Bauman, MD, who splits her time between Casa Colina and her positions at Harvard Medical School, MassGen Hospital, and the LADDERS Program in Boston.
  • Occupational Health Services opens under the direction of a Board Certified Industrial Medicine specialist.
  • President and CEO Felice Loverso and the Board of Directors initiate a plan to rebuild Casa Colina's entire Pomona campus. The plan includes new buildings for Adult Day Healthcare and Children's Services; an additional 10 beds at the Transitional Living Center; and the relocation of Outpatient Services to an entirely rebuilt first floor of the 2820 North Garey building (until this time the home of Adult Day Healthcare). The centerpiece of the plan is a new rehabilitation hospital with 68 acute-care beds.
  • Ground is broken on a pool and recreation building complex at Casa Colina Rancho Piño Verde. On the same day, ground is broken at Casa Colina Apple Valley for a 20-bed residential facility for adults with brain injury.

2001

  • Ground is broken in Pomona for the campus renovation project. The first buildings to be started are Adult Day Healthcare, Children's Services Center, and a 10-bed expansion at the Transitional Living Center.
  • A bond issue for $40 million is offered to the public and immediately sold to finance the construction.
  • A capital campaign is started to assist in paying for the historic construction project. By year's end, $4.5 million is pledged.
  • Specialty programs for Geriatric Assessment and Arthritis are started.
  • Dedication ceremonies at Casa Colina Rancho Piño Verde and Casa Colina Apple Valley mark the initiation of expansion in Southern California's High Desert.

2002

  • The new Helen A. Kellner Adult Day Healthcare Center and the A. Gary Anderson Family Children's Services Center are dedicated.
  • As the Adult Day Healthcare Center vacates its old quarters, work begins to transform it into the new Outpatient Center.
  • The planning process for the major piece of the Pomona campus renovation, the new hospital, continues. Plans now envision an ambulatory surgery center and a diagnostic imaging center.
  • New specialty programs open in Pain Management, Audiology, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson's Disease.
  • Casa Colina is awarded the "National Corporate Leadership Award" by the Brain Injury Association of America for outstanding leadership in the field of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation and extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life for people with brain injury.

2003

  • Dedication of the new Dr. S. Jerome and Judith D. Tamkin Outpatient Center initiates the new facility designed for a capacity of 75,000 treatment visits per year. The center begins serving patients March 6, 2003.
  • New Outpatient Specialty Physician Clinics open for Arthritis, Movement Disorders, Wound Care, General Rehabilitation (4), Pain Management, and Orthopedics/Neurology.
  • Casa Colina Hospital achieves a score of 93 out of 100 on the triennial accreditation survey conducted by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (then known as JCAHO, now known as the Joint Commission).
  • Casa Colina President and CEO Felice Loverso, PhD, is elected Chairman of the Board of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA), the national organization representing rehabilitation hospitals and units in the United States. He serves three consecutive years in this post.

2004

  • Additional Outpatient Specialty Physician Clinics open for ENT (Ear/Nose/Throat), Vestibular, Urology, Infectious Disease, Audiology, Urinary Dysfunction, Sports Medicine, and Foot & Ankle.
  • Author Stephen King is the featured presenter at Casa Colina's Tribute to Courage Gala, honoring Ed Eckenhoff, CEO and President of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC.
  • All energies are focused on maintaining excellence of services to current patients while completing construction of the new Casa Colina Hospital.
  • Casa Colina begins a relationship with San Antonio Community Hospital to manage their outpatient rehabilitation programs.
  • The Ahmanson Foundation and the Weingart Foundation make grants to Casa Colina that collectively contribute $1,100,000 to the construction of the new hospital.

2005

  • Casa Colina begins serving people in the new Casa Colina Hospital, transferring patients on March 12, 2005.
  • Additional Outpatient Specialty Physician Clinics open for Pediatric Orthopedics and Hand Therapy.
  • The UniHealth Foundation makes a grant to Casa Colina for $369,000 over three years to support Physician Specialty Clinics within the rehabilitation continuum, recognizing this development as an innovative model that makes specialist services accessible to individuals with disabilities and helps attract and retain physician specialists in the underserved Pomona area.
  • Casa Colina Hospital is dedicated October 14, attracting more than 1,200 people to the Pomona campus across the nation.
  • Working with the military medical system and the Veterans Administration, Casa Colina begins receiving military personnel injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, primarily for brain injury rehabilitation, the signature injury of these conflicts.

2006

  • Shashank Arya, MD, is designated as "2006 Physician of the Year" by the National Republican Congressional Committee.
  • Casa Colina Hospital nurse Amador (Ben) Banuelos, LVN receives the "Caring Spirit Award" from the Press Enterprise Newspapers.
  • An additional Physician Specialty Clinic opens for Pulmonary.
  • Construction is completed for Casa Colina Apple Valley Phase II, adding 11 additional beds for a total of 31. The facility achieves 100% occupancy within months.
  • Casa Colina's work with combat veterans is recognized in network news stories on CNN and NBC and in a front-page story in The New York Times.

2007

  • At the closing of the Transitional Living Center's survey by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), CARF states: "In comparison with other national providers of renown reputation, Casa Colina's TLC excels in this specialized area of care. You are doing a wonderful job."
  • Additional Physician Specialty Clinics open for Nephrology, Plastic Surgery, Padua Village (Aging with a Disability), and Bone Densitometry.
  • Casa Colina at Apple Valley completes construction of its third phase, adding a recreation wing and 11 additional beds for a total of 42.
  • The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter, gives Casa Colina the "Community Partner Award" in recognition of the partnership to offer Living Well, Optimal Living, and other educational programs.
  • The Henry L. Guenther Foundation awards the Casa Colina Children's Services Center a grant to pilot a social fitness club for teenagers with autism spectrum disorders: "Teen Scene ASD Program."
  • Casa Colina's work with combat veterans is recognized further in network news stories on CBS and regional stories on ABC.
  • The National Health Foundation, part of the Hospital Association of Southern California, gives the "Hospital Hero Award" to Dr. David Patterson, medical director of Casa Colina.
  • Casa Colina expands its relationship with San Antonio Community Hospital to include management of all inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.

2008

  • Casa Colina Hospital develops clinical pathways to implement evidence-based guidelines in the rehabilitation treatment of patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, and orthopedics.
  • Casa Collina received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for its "continuous services to our veterans and the brave men and women of the armed forces. Your outstanding dedication to the service community is truly admirable." It is presented at Casa Colina's Tribute to Courage Gala, February 2, 2008 by California Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano.
  • Casa Colina receives grant funding for its Wounded Warrior Fund from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the Timothy C. McWilliams Jr. Foundation, and the Majestic Realty Foundation.
  • Casa Colina receives the entire proceeds of the Pomona Rotary Club Annual Art Auction for the benefit of its Wounded Warrior Fund.
  • The California Community Foundation awards Casa Colina a grant for general operating support at its Transitional Living, Children's Services, and Adult Day Healthcare centers.
  • The UniHealth Foundation funds a three-year Casa Colina research project, "Medically Directed Wellness Program for Adults Aging with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability."
  • The Casa Colina Children's Services Center initiates speech therapy services at LeRoy Haynes, a residential facility to assist at-risk children in development.
  • Casa Colina opens a community exercise program for persons with spinal cord injury in cooperation with the Claremont Club, a local fitness club.
  • Casa Colina receives the Center for Medical Rehabilitation Services Best Practices Award for its project "Integrating Specialist Physicians into a Rehabilitation Continuum of Care" from the California Hospital Association. It was awarded at their annual meeting, Oct. 14, 2008.
  • Casa Colina Hospital initiates an outpatient services satellite center in Azusa, California, expanding the range of outpatient therapy and physician clinic services available to the region. With state-of-the-art exercise and therapy equipment, initial services at Casa Colina Azusa Center include physical, occupational, speech, and specialized hand therapies, as well as physician clinics in sports medicine and rehabilitation.
  • The Welcome Back Veterans Initiative of the McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball award Casa Colina a grant to develop the "Survive and Thrive Veterans and Families Project" to assist armed services members and their families with traumatic brain injury and to sustain family living over the long term.

2009

  • The Casa Colina Children's Services Center expands the range of services provided at LeRoy Haynes to include occupational therapy.
  • For a second year, Casa Colina is the recipient of the proceeds of the Pomona Rotary Club Annual Art Auction for the benefit of Casa Colina's military patients and the "Survive and Thrive Veterans and Families Project."
  • Casa Colina opens the Sleep Center on the Pomona campus, a two-bedroom facility for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, snoring, and restless leg disorders.
  • Clinical pathways for Spinal Cord Injury are introduced, formalizing the program of evidence-based guidelines for rehabilitation of that diagnosis at Casa Colina Hospital.
  • Relationships with collaborating community agencies expand with the addition of pediatric programs for life-skills training, physicians seminars, and program for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities through the City of Rancho Cucamonga.
  • Headache and Spine specialty programs are added to Casa Colina's Physician Specialty Clinics.
  • The Sports Medicine Program expands its range of services to include a "return-to-play" program, a concussion monitoring program, a sports medicine fellowship, expanded sports injury screenings at Pomona and Azusa, and sideline coverage for scholastic football and soccer games.
  • Felice Loverso, PhD, CEO and President of Casa Colina, becomes chairman for the Fund for Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation (FAIR Fund), a coalition of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and in-hospital rehabilitation units. The FAIR Fund seeks to clarify the rules for reopening Medicare claims and the right of Medicare providers to challenge the untimely reopening of Medicare claims in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) RAC Audit process.
  • Casa Colina is invited as a Laureate by the California Community Foundation and the Eisner Foundation to participate in the Unsung Heroes event at the Getty Museum on September 16. Three Laureate grantee agencies are chosen from each of the California Community Foundations five priority areas. During the program, one of each three is announced as the winner of the Joan Palevsky Award. Casa Colina is awarded that prize in the category of Human Development for its work at Adult Day Healthcare, the Transitional Living Center, and the Children's Service Center.
  • In October, Casa Colina holds the first session of "Survive and Thrive Veterans and Families Project," a pilot intervention for service members with traumatic brain injury and their families, at the Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, California. Twelve families from across the country participate in three days of education, workshops, experiential trainings, and one-on-one meetings with doctors, with the goal of helping families maintain stability while living with an individual with TBI. The initial evaluation at two months after the event shows positive results.

2010

  • Casa Colina's Tribute to Courage Gala honors families and wives who accommodate a person with a brain injury when they return home. Speakers include Lee Woodruff, whose husband, ABC news reporter Bob Woodruff, suffered a brain injury while reporting from Iraq, and Wendy Tucker, whose husband, Marco Ferreira, recovered from a motorcycle accident in Malibu.
  • The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership awards Casa Colina its Humanitarian Award for the Wounded Warrior Program, which ensures that active and non-active service members with TBI have access to the most complete rehabilitation services at Casa Colina, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Casa Colina is accepted as a member of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, demonstrating leadership and excellence in delivering services to individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Casa Colina's work with military personnel is chosen as a beneficiary of the "Land of the Free Golf Tournament" in November 2010.

2011

  • The UniHealth Foundation awards Casa Colina Hospital a grant of $628,000 to support the implementation of an Electronic Health Record.
  • Casa Colina's work with military and first responders is chosen as a beneficiary of the Western Police and Fire Games.

2012

  • Phase II of the major development plan begins with acquisition of bond funding at favorable terms and interest rate, expansion of parking lot at southeast quadrant of Pomona main campus, groundbreaking on the Medical Office Building, and designation of Siemens as vendor for implementation of campus-wide electronic health record.

2013

  • The Casa Colina Medical Office Building is completed and dedicated on September 12 with donors, board members, local dignitaries, patients, and other friends of Casa Colina in attendance. The first floor of the MOB offers an Urgent Care Center, a retail pharmacy, a durable medical equipment store, and private medical offices. On the same day, the group walks to the site of the 31-bed medical-surgical hospital addition to Casa Colina Hospital for a groundbreaking ceremony with an address by Dr. Neil Martin, Director of Neurology at UCLA. He speaks of the collaboration of our organizations to bring advanced medicine and top care to patients using new technology and forward-thinking spirit of cooperation.

2014

  • In March, Casa Colina begins the implementation phase of its electronic medical record development.
  • Construction continues on Casa Colina's 31-bed medical-surgical wing.

2015

  • Progress continues on Casa Colina's new medical-surgical wing, with plans to open in early 2016. The new wing will feature three state-of-the art operating rooms, six intensive care unit beds, and 25 private medical-surgical beds.

2016

  • Casa Colina Hospital opens the new Medical-Surgical Wing on April 1, 2016. The new wing features three state-of-the art operating rooms, six intensive care unit beds, a gastroenterology suite, and 25 private medical-surgical beds. Operating rooms feature the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System, which can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery. The new wing also features Mako robotic-arm-assisted surgical technology to perform minimally invasive joint replacements.

2017

  • Nuclear medicine is added to the list of services offered by Casa Colina's Diagnostic Imaging Center.
  • Casa Collina launches the OPTI-West Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program in July and welcomes its first three PM&R residents.
  • Casa Colina announces its new Revive Joint Replacement Program at its state-of-the-art Orthopedic & Robotics Center, providing comprehensive and innovative care for joint replacement patients.

2018

  • An initial phase of renovations to the Dr. S. Jerome & Judith D. Tamkin Outpatient Center is completed, adding 1,730 square feet of lobby space and new, covered porte-cochere entrance for curbside pick-up and drop-off, allowing Casa Colina to serve more patients comfortably and efficiently.
  • Casa Colina President and CEO Felice L. Loverso, PhD, receives the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery’s prestigious Luminary Award, which recognizes remarkable members of the Los Angeles community for outstanding professional accomplishments, as well as ongoing advocacy and efforts to improve community well-being.

2019

  • Casa Colina receives a Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stay and places Casa Colina Hospital among the top 10% of hospitals reporting patient safety data. Casa Colina is also recognized as a Five-Star Recipient for the categories of "Total Knee Replacement" and "Treatment of Pneumonia."
  • Casa Colina raises a record amount of funds at its annual Tribute to Courage Gala 2019, which honored three first responders from law enforcement and emergency services who overcame traumatic brain and other injuries sustained in the line of duty.
  • Construction is completed for Casa Colina at Apple Valley Phase IV expansion, adding 12 additional beds for a total of 54 as well as administrative space, dining commons, and outdoor recreation area.
  • The Casa Colina Azusa Center celebrates 10 years of service to the San Gabriel Valley community.
  • Recent upgrades to the Audiology Center are completed, including expanded office space and a second sound booth.
  • The Speech Language Pathology suite increases its number of speech therapy rooms from four to six and provides a larger, more comfortable patient waiting area.
  • Casa Colina purchases two new residences to be converted into temporary housing for visiting families whose loved ones are undergoing long-term recovery.