SANTA MARIA, CA Hospital– MAY 17, 2017 – Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is celebrating its five-year anniversary of the groundbreaking expansion into a new hospital building and recognizing the recent growth as a result.

When the new facility opened its doors in 2012, the hospital doubled in size and has since increased its capacity to continue providing high-quality, compassionate health care to the community. With its increase in size, the hospital features private patient rooms which not only enhance the healing process but also allow loved ones to visit comfortably. The hospital is committed to making every patient’s stay at Marian a more pleasant experience.

Members of the community and media are invited to attend the Five- Year Anniversary Celebration of the new hospital on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Sue Sword Colonnade & Ardantz-Ferini Healing Garden at Marian Regional Medical Center, located at 1400 E. Church St. in Santa Maria, CA. The event will begin with a “Memory Walk” at 10:00 a.m., with a program and celebration beginning at 10:45 a.m. Reception to follow.

The hospital was originally called “Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hospital” when the Sisters of St. Francis first opened it on May 22, 1940, and served a community of 8,000. Today, MRMC operates the busiest emergency department in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and is currently undergoing an expansion to effectively meet the need and ensure patient safety.

MRMC is now also a teaching hospital with a family medicine residency program. It has two cardiac catheterization laboratories, giving patients local access to more complex cardiac care; Level III Trauma Center designation which allows trauma patients to stay closer to home for this specialized care; and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification which means an interdisciplinary stroke management team is available at all times and prepared to treat all types of strokes. These are but a few of the highlights of recent growth at MRMC since opening the new building.

“We could not have transformed this vision for a regional medical center into reality without the dedication of our devoted staff and, of course, the courageous and generous support of our community,” says Kerin Mase, President and CEO of MRMC. “Our mission at Marian is to provide high-quality, compassionate care to everyone who comes through our doors. I’m proud of our staff for delivering that care and grateful for the trust of our community. It means a great deal to us.”

The hospital will mark its fifth year anniversary not only with the May 22nd celebration but with ongoing events throughout the year. No RSVP is necessary for the media. If any members of the media have any questions, please contact Megan Maloney, Senior Director of Marketing, at: 805.458.1957 or Megan.Maloney@dignityhealth.org or Kailey Cox, Communications Specialist, at: 805.546.6833 or Kailey.Cox@dignityhealth.org

About Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care, and is a designated STEMI Receiving Center (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County STEMI receiving programs earned the Silver Award from the American Heart Association for excellence in patient care. Marian has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. In addition, Marian has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Clinical Excellence Award. The medical center’s cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast. The need to meet the demand for quality, technologically- advanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of- the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012. The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology program on the Central Coast providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Learn more at http://www.dignityhealth.org/marianregional/