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#992:  Site of Contractor's General Hospital

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Location:

In parking lot of Patton Museum, Chiriaco Rd, Chiriaco Summit

33.661055,-115.721746

 

 

Plaque:

State Plaque

Notes:

Plaque was removed or stolen from original location in Desert Center. (Photos 2-4) New plaque placed in 2014 at Chiriaco Summit. (Photo 1)


From the Guidebook:

In 1933, Dr. Sidney R. Garfield opened Contractor's General Hospital thirteen miles east of here. His modest facility successfully delivered health care to Colorado River Aqueduct workers through an innovative prepaid insurance plan. Later, in association with industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, Dr. Garfield applied the lessons he first learned at the hospital to create their enduring legacy: Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest nonprofit prepaid health care program.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in 1992 and rededicated here in 2014.



2009 David Schmitt