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Twin Cities Community Hospital celebrates 40th anniversary May 10 

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Celebrating 40 years of caring for our communities

– Twin Cities Community Hospital will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on May 10, 2017, in conjunction with National Hospital Week. A ceremony and ribbon-cutting honoring past and present employees, medical staff, volunteers, governing board members and founding physicians will commence at 12:30 p.m. in the courtyard area directly in front of the hospital. The public is invited to attend and special recognition will be given to those in attendance who were born at Twin Cities in 1977 (and who also turn forty this year). A community wellness fair will take place immediately following the ceremony from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the same location. Blood pressure checks, BMI calculations, healthy recipes, breastfeeding support and information on local health resources will be available.

On February 7, 1977, five months ahead of schedule and at a cost of $5 million, Twin Cities Community in Templeton began caring for patients in Northern San Luis Obispo County. With 84-beds, the new one-story hospital replaced two aging hospitals in North County, Atascadero General Hospital, and Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital, thus the name “Twin Cities.” Equipped with some of the newest and most sophisticated equipment available, the hospital attracted specialty physicians and far surpassed what had been available at the older two hospitals.

With continued population growth, a new tower was built in 2007 to mark the hospital’s 30th Anniversary and better care for the needs of the community. This construction changed the entire façade of the building and brought the total number of beds to 122. Now with a medical staff of more than 200 physicians (10 times the original number) and 400 caregivers and support staff, the three-story hospital specializes in emergency care, obstetrics, orthopedics and a broad array of medical, surgical and outpatient services.twin cities

A commitment to quality

At Twin Cities, we are focused on providing a safe and welcoming environment to everyone we serve and to delivering high-quality care to all of our patients. We’re committed to the highest standards of hospital quality to ensure that you receive the best care possible. Our first priority is always the safety of our patients.

Twin Cities has earned an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group every consecutive year since the Score was first launched in 2012. An ‘A’ grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. To date, fewer than 200 hospitals across the country have achieved consecutive A ratings.

Twin Cities Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® with distinction for its knee replacement program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. In addition, the hospital is recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery. This specialty care recognition identifies healthcare facilities with proven expertise in delivering specialty care.

Twin Cities Community Hospital has been named a 2016 Performance Excellence Award winner by The Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC) for its exemplary work in reducing hospital-acquired conditions and is recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission for attaining and sustaining excellence in heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and stroke.

In 2015, Baby-Friendly USA designated Twin Cities Community Hospital as an internationally recognized Baby-Friendly birth facility. This achievement means the hospital is using some of the most effective methods known to help moms succeed at breastfeeding. The hospital also has the lowest Cesarean-section rate of any hospital on the Central Coast and one of the lowest rates in the state.

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