Pacifica Hospital of the Valley (PHV) is a 231-bed safety net hospital located in Los Angeles County and serves 13 zip codes including subacute patient referrals from hospitals 400+ miles away. PHV offers complete service lines including: 24/7 emergency, acute care, ICU, locked behavioral health, d/p subacute SNF, outpatient surgery and rehab, in/outpatient ancillary services. The primary patient population at PHV is the underserved with 84% of the patients living in poverty.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in January 2020, PHV responded immediately by establishing a mitigation plan in preparation for the potential surge of patients and to sustain compliance with environmental, staffing, training, infection control, PPE and specialized equipment. One critical component was the hospital expansion of beds, per the California Department of Public Health. PHV responded to this statewide call to action and increased its bed capacity from seven to 66 to service COVID-19 patients.
Based on the request by EMSA and also being designated as a Regional Surge Site to decompress other California hospitals, PHV is also designated as a vaccine clinic within Los Angeles County. Beyond fully vaccinating 640 internal hospital employees/physicians and contractors, PHV fully vaccinated over 1,500 members in the community. The vaccine outreach extended to community businesses, skilled nursing/assisted living facilities, congregate living centers and other frontline healthcare workers. PHV also offers a mobile vaccine service which enabled our ability to partner with the County of Public Health to support their outreach efforts to vaccinate the homebound, homeless and school-based population.