Friday, January 1, 2010

Rancho Los Amigos

f/11, 1/250, ISO 100, 28mm, handheld, 3:00 pm

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center is kind of a mouthful for a name. I grew up knowing the center as simply “Rancho.” My big sis worked there for a while, doing clerical work. Next, I knew it as the place my friend, Debbie Stone, had her ongoing therapy and treatments. As a paraplegic survivor of polio who lived across the street in a local apartment, Debbie gained an immense sense of independence from the help she received from Rancho.

Originally founded in 1888 as a Poor Farm for indigent residents who were transferred in from County Hospital, Rancho has changed significantly over the years. In the 50’s it was designated as a respiratory center for polio patients. In the 70’s it was officially affiliated with USC. Today it is a national center for rehab with over 150 years of service to the community. U.S. News and World Report listed Rancho in the top 10 for best rehabilitation hospitals.

1 comment:

  1. I did a lot of training there at nursing school. I like it so far :)


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