Casa Colina Timeline


  • Returning to Claremont from a national speaking tour as the "Mother of the Year," Frances Eleanor Smith gathered 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 located Casa Colina, the "house on the hill," that was 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 stood vacant. Boys' Republic donated the use of the home to the group forming around Smith. They adopted the name of the house as the name for their new rehabilitation facility for children. The next two years were spent preparing the facility and raising funds for equipment and operation.


  • Casa Colina opened with Frances Eleanor Smith as director, taking no salary. President F.D. Roosevelt sent his blessings to Casa Colina, calling it "the Warm Springs of the West."
  • The first patient was admitted. Dr. John Wilcox, pediatrician, volunteered his services, beginning what is to become a lifetime relationship. The Medical Director was Dr. Ward M. Roland, an orthopedic surgeon of Los Angeles.
  • The first major addition was a therapeutic pool, the gift of Phoebe Somers of LaVerne, in memory of her husband.


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


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


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


  • Frances Eleanor Smith, who had guided Casa Colina since its earliest days, collapsed while on a fund raising mission in Hollywood. The Los Angeles Times reported 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."


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


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


  • By the time the new hospital was nearing completion, polio had been practically eradicated by the new vaccine. However, modernized trauma care and emergency medicine were 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 was completed, the new hospital changed its purpose to treat both adults and children with a wide range of disabilities.


  • Patients from Chino moved into the new Pomona building.


  • The new Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona, a spacious and accessible 66-bed facility, was dedicated on January 15.
  • The Casa Colina Auxiliary is organized.
  • Dr. Jonas Salk visited Casa Colina. In addressing the large audience he said that he could understand 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 continued, 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 health care.


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


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


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

1973 - 1974

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

1975 - 1976

  • The Teaching Center opened, offering many professional educational opportunities.
  • The Day Treatment Program was introduced, one of the first programs in California to offer innovative alternative rehabilitation services.
  • Philanthropists Jack and Bernie Meiselman presented Casa Colina Palms, a Palm Springs apartment complex, to Casa Colina.
  • Physical and occupational therapy areas were enlarged, with new state of the art equipment.
  • Casa Colina sponsored 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 was constructed to provide pediatric outpatient rehabilitation services.

1976 - 1977

  • Children's Diagnostic and Referral Services was introduced.

1977 - 1978

  • The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program opened 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.
  • Outpatient Pain Program opened and Respiratory Therapy services were introduced.

1979 - 1980

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

1980 - 1981

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

1981 - 1982

  • Transitional Living Center, Residence II, was 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 opened.
  • Multiple Sclerosis and Guillian-Barre services were introduced.
  • Casa Colina celebrated the 100 th 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 Treatment Center was constructed at 2820 North Garey Avenue. The area between the two buildings was adapted as a multi-purpose room for education and meetings.
  • Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) were introduced as an element in controlling health care costs. Although rehabilitation was exempt from them at this time, they have a strong impact on many aspects of health care.
  • Padua Village joined Casa Colina, adding residential services for adults with intellectual/developmental disability and/or brain injury to the continuum of care.


  • Outdoor Adventures began activities.


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


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


  • Transitional Living Center moves into newly constructed Laband Building.
  • With a donation from Mr. and Mrs. Stanton Avery, the therapy pool at Casa Colina Hospital was 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.


  • Rancho Pino Verde, Lucerne Valley began long-term residential services for adults with brain injury
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome public awareness campaign kicked 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 were on teams that won two Gold and two Silver Medals.
  • Two wheelchair athletes who were Casa Colina patients and participants in the Wheelchair Sports program, won athletic scholarships to University of Texas at Arlington.


  • Casa Colina Condors, men's basketball team, won their ninth National Championship in 14 years.


  • The American Horticulture Therapy Association awarded Casa Colina the John Walker Community Service Award
  • David Kiley, director of Casa Colina's Wheelchair Sports program, received a commendation from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness. The award was presented by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kiley was asked to serve as a consultant to the Governor's Council.
  • Transitional Living Center was chosen as a preferred provider for TLC Post-acute Brain Injury Services for the province of Ontario, Canada. While maintaining this relationship for several years, Casa Colina served as consultant to the government health service of Ontario as they developed their own Transitional Living Center.


  • Casa Colina marked its 60 year anniversary with an all-day festival attended by more than 2000 professionals and community residents
  • The first Casa Colina Land Meets Sea Sports Camp was held in Long Beach
  • Foothill Mayor's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities presented five awards to employers, employees and vendors associated with Casa Colina's Career Development Center programs: Outstanding Employer, Employee and Vendor.
  • Eight athletes from Casa Colina's Wheelchair Sports program participated 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 won the National Championship in Women's Wheelchair Basketball.


  • SUPERKIDS Research Program for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) started at Children's Services Center
  • Foothill Mayor's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities presented 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 featured on the Oprah Show, CBS This Morning, and in the Los Angeles Times.
  • Casa Colina Shooting Stars won the National Championship in Women's Wheelchair Basketball for the second straight year.


  • Hand Clinics began 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, retired and Felice Loverso, PhD, became the new CEO and President
  • The Corporate Community Service Award was received by Casa Colina, Inc., 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.


  • A ten-bed expansion at Rancho Pino Verde brought the total number of licensed beds to 34.
  • The Research Institute is launched and reinvigorated research program at Casa Colina.
  • Casa Colina refocused energy on serving acute hospital patients. The number of staff physicians, referring physicians and acute care patients rises dramatically.


  • Board of Directors recommitted 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 was initiated at Children's Services Center under the leadership of Margaret Bauman, MD, who split her time between Casa Colina and her positions at Harvard Medical School, MassGen Hospital and the LADDERS program in Boston.
  • Occupational Health Services opened under the direction of Board Certified Industrial Medicine specialist.
  • Dr. Loverso and Board of Directors initiated a plan to rebuild the entire Pomona campus. The plan included new buildings for Adult Day Health Care and Children's Services; an additional 10 beds at the Transitional Living Center and the moving of outpatient services to an entirely rebuilt first floor of the 2820 North Garey building, until this time the home of ADHC. The centerpiece of the plan was a new rehabilitation hospital, with 68 acute care beds.
  • Ground is broken was Lucerne Valley for a pool and recreation building complex at Rancho Pino Verde. On the same day, ground was broken in Apple Valley for a 20-bed residential facility for adults with brain injury.


  • Ground was broken in Pomona for the campus renovation project. The first buildings to be started were Adult Day Health Care, the Children's Services Center and the 10-bed expansion at the Transitional Living Center.
  • A bond issue for $40 million was 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 the end of the year, $4.5 million is pledged.
  • Specialty programs for Geriatric Assessment and Arthritis were started.
  • Dedication ceremonies at Rancho Pino Verde in Lucerne Valley and Apple Valley mark the initiation of those new facilities.


  • The dedication of the new Helen A. Kellner Adult Day Health Care Center and the A. Gary Anderson Family Children's Services Center marked the initiation of those two facilities.
  • As the Adult Day Health Care Center vacated its old quarters, work began on that building to transform it into the new Outpatient Center.
  • The planning process for the major piece of the Pomoina campus renovation, the new hospital, continued. Plans now envisioned an ambulatory surgery center and a diagnostic imaging center.
  • New specialty programs opened in Pain Management, Audiology, MS and Parkinson's.
  • Casa Colina awarded "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.


  • 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 began serving patients March 6, 2003.
  • New Outpatient Specialty Physician Clinics opened for Arthritis, Movement Disorders, Wound Care, General Rehabilitation (4), Pain Management and Orthopedics/Neurology.
  • Casa Colina Hospital achieved 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).
  • Felice Loverso, Ph.D., was elected Chairman of the Board of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA), the national organization representing 400+ rehabilitation hospitals and units in the United States. He served in this post for three consecutive years.


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


  • Casa Colina began serving people in the new Casa Colina Hospital, transferring patients on March 12, 2005.
  • Additional Outpatient Specialty Physician Clinics opened for Pediatric Orthopedics and Hands.
  • The UniHealth Foundation made a grant to Casa Colina for $369,000 over three years to support the development of the Specialty Physician Clinics within the rehabilitation continuum. They recognized this as an innovative model of service to make specialist services accessible to individuals with disabilities and to help attract and retain physician specialists in the underserved Pomona area.
  • The Hospital Dedication, October 14, attracted 1,200+ people to Pomona campus from surrounding cities and from across the nation.
  • Working with the military medical system and the Veterans Administration, Casa Colina began receiving military personnel injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, primarily for brain injury rehabilitation. Traumatic brain injury had become the signature injury of this conflict.


  • Shashank Arya, MD, designated as "2006 Physician of the Year" by the National Republican Congressional Committee.
  • Casa Colina Hospital nurse Amador (Ben) Banuelos, LVN, received the "Caring Spirit Award" from the Press Enterprise Newspapers.
  • Additional Outpatient Specialty Physician Clinic opened for Pulmonary.
  • Casa Colina Apple Valley completed construction of Phase II, adding eleven additional beds for a total of 31. The facility achieved 100% occupancy within months.
  • Casa Colina's work with war wounded was recognized in network news stories on CNN and NBC, and a front page story in the New York Times.


  • At the closing of the Transitional Living Center's survey by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the statement was made: "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 Outpatient Specialty Physician Clinics opened for Nephrology, Plastic Surgery, Padua Village (Aging with a Disability) and Bone Densitometry.
  • Casa Colina Apple Valley completed construction of its third phase that adds eleven more beds to achieve a total of 42. Added to the 26 at Lucerne Valley, there were now 68 beds at Casa Colina's High Desert facilities. In addition, a recreation wing is added to the Apple Valley campus.
  • The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter, selected Casa Colina to receive the "Community Partner Award" in recognition of the partnership to offer Living Well, Optimal Living, and other educational programs.
  • A grant was awarded by the Henry L. Guenther Foundation to pilot a social fitness club program for teen agers with autism spectrum disorders, "Teen Scene ASD Program," at Casa Colina Children's Services.
  • Casa Colina's work with war wounded was 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, gave 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 rehabilitation services, inpatient and outpatient.


  • Clinical Pathways were developed at Casa Colina Hospital to implement evidence-based guidelines in the rehabilitation treatment of patients with Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury and Orthopedics.
  • A Certificate of Congressional Recognition was awarded to Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation 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 was presented at Casa Colina's Tribute to Courage, February 2, 2008 by Grace F. Napolitano, Member of Congress.
  • Casa Colina was the recipient of grant award funding for Casa Colina's Wounded Warrior Fund from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the Timothy C. McWilliams Jr. Foundation and the Majestic Realty Foundation.
  • Casa Colina was the recipient of the entire proceeds of the Pomona Rotary Club Annual Art Auction for the benefit of Casa Colina's Wounded Warrior Fund.
  • Grant award was made for general operating support from the California Community Foundation, focusing on the work of the Transitional Living Center, Children's Service and Adult Day Health Care.
  • A grant was awarded by the UniHealth Foundation for a three-year project, "Medically Directed Wellness Program for Adults Aging with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability."
  • Casa Colina Children's Services initiated speech therapy services at LeRoy Haynes, a residential facility to assist at-risk children in development.
  • A community exercise program for persons with spinal cord injury was opened in cooperation with the Claremont Club.
  • Casa Colina received 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 initiated an outpatient services satellite in Azusa in November. It was a 6,000 sq. ft., wholly owned facility that geographically expanded the range of outpatient therapy and physician clinic services available to the region. With state-of-the-art exercise and therapy equipment, initial services included physical, occupational, speech and specialized hand therapy, as well as Physician Clinics in sports medicine and rehabilitation.
  • A grant was awarded by the Welcome Back Veterans Initiative of the McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball for Casa Colina to develop the Survive and Thrive Veterans and Families Project to assist armed services members with traumatic brain injury and their families to sustain family living over the long term.


  • Casa Colina Children's Services expanded the range of services provided at LeRoy Haynes to include occupational therapy.
  • For a second year, Casa Colina was 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 opened 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 were introduced, formalizing the program of evidence-based guidelines for rehabilitation of that diagnosis at Casa Colina Hospital.
  • Relationships with collaborating community agencies expanded 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 were added to the Physician Clinics.
  • The Sports Medicine program expanded 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, Ph.D., CEO and President of Casa Colina, took on the responsibility of 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 was 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 were chosen from each of the California Community Foundations five priority areas. During the program one of each three was announced as the winner of the Joan Palevsky Award. Casa Colina was awarded that prize in the category of Human Development for its work at Adult Day Health Care, the Transitional Living Center, and Children's Service. The award was made by actor Noah Wyle.
  • In October Casa Colina held the first session of Survive and Thrive, a pilot intervention for service members with traumatic brain injury and their families, at the Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, CA. Twelve families from across the country participated in three days of education, workshops, experiential trainings, and one-on-one meetings with doctors. The goal was to help the families' maintain their stability despite the stresses of having a member living at home with a TBI. The initial evaluation at two months after the event showed positive results. The project was supported by a grant from Welcome Back Veterans, an initiative of the McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball.


  • In February Casa Colina presented the Tribute to Courage honoring the families and the wives who accommodate a person with a brain injury when they return home. Lee Woodruff is the wife of ABC news reporter Bob Woodruff, who suffered a brain injury while reporting from Iraq. Wendy Tucker spoke of her husband, Marco Ferreira's, recovery from a motorcycle accident in Malibu. The audience of 700 gave them and several participants in Survive and Thrive standing ovations of support and recognition.
  • The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership awarded Casa Colina its Humanitarian Award for the Wounded Warrior Program, which continues to ensure that active and non-active service members with traumatic brain injury can have the opportunity for the most complete rehabilitation services at Casa Colina, whether or not it was entirely paid for.
  • Casa Colina was accepted as a member of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, demonstrating leadership and excellence in delivering services to individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. (7/26/10)
  • Casa Colina's work with military personnel and was chosen as a beneficiary of the "Land of the Free Golf Tournament" in November 2010.


  • The UniHealth Foundation awarded 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 responder patients was recognized by being chosen as a beneficiary of the Western Police and Fire Games.


  • Phase 2 of the major development plan began with acquisition of bond funding at favorable terms and interest rate, expansion of parking lot at southeast quadrant of Pomona main campus, beginning of the construction of the Medical Office Building and designation of Siemens as vendor for implementation of campus-wide electronic health record.


  • The Casa Colina Medical Office Building was 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 walked to the site of the 31-bed medical/surgical hospital addition to Casa Colina Hospital and had a groundbreaking ceremony with an address by Dr. Neil Martin, Director of Neurology at UCLA. He spoke of the collaboration of organizations working at some distance to bring advanced medicine and top care to patients using new technology and forward-thinking spirit of cooperation.


  • In March, Casa Colina began the implementation phase of its electronic medical record development.
  • Construction continues on the 31-bed medical/hospital wing addition with an anticipated opening early 2015.


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


  • Casa Colina Hospital opens the new medical-surgical wing on April 1, 2016. A grand opening celebration is held on Saturday, April 16 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tours of the new hospital are provided followed by an outdoor reception with food, catering and live music in the Fireplace Courtyard.