In the 1950s, St. Paul's Hospital in Livermore proved too small for the communities of Livermore and Pleasanton. People grew weary of traveling to Oakland for health care, so local residents united and raised enough money, along with federal grants, to build Valley Memorial Hospital on land donated by Kaiser Paving Company in Livermore. Valley Memorial opened its doors in October 1961 with 46 beds and a medical staff of 23.
As the Tri-Valley community grew, so did ValleyCare Health System, and in 1991 ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton opened. Today, ValleyCare has a total of 242 beds and a medical staff of over 400, offering you a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services that are at a world-class level. Our facilities have expanded to include new and remodeled buildings in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin.
Over the years, ValleyCare has kept pace with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, adding new programs and services to meet your needs and those of the community. At the same time, ValleyCare's hospital and medical staff have provided consistent, high-quality, yet compassionate and personalized care. This passion for excellence, coupled with the pursuit of leading-edge technology, is why you can expect superior medical care.
In recent years, collaborations with research and teaching hospitals have enhanced important services in the Tri-Valley. Our affiliation with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital has expanded regional access to high-quality perinatal and pediatric care, keeping our tiniest patients (and their moms) close to home. Our commitment to exceptional care for cancer patients is evidenced in ValleyCare's collaboration with the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, which allows our community-based cancer center access to advanced cancer therapies through telemedicine and broader dissemination of clinical trials.
Since 1961, ValleyCare has remained a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt health care system. It is not publicly owned or operated, nor is it tax-supported. The ValleyCare corporation reinvests any profits it makes from operations into new facilities, equipment and services, rather than providing them to outside owners in the form of dividends.
An important cornerstone for success is our warm relationship with our community and the mutual support built over the last 50-plus years. That bond endures to our common benefit. We are determined to uphold that legacy and look to you, our community, for continued support. Being exempt from taxation, ValleyCare is permitted to receive tax-deductible contributions from the community to further its mission. Today, more than ever, ValleyCare depends on your contributions in order to keep pace with expanding community needs.
As your local health care system, we are working diligently to ensure that ValleyCare will be here to serve you for the next 50 years...and generations beyond.