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Huntington Beach Hospital celebrates 50 years

by: HB News staff writer
Posted: March 21, 2018

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Cristal Gonzalez and Roxanne Contreras from Huntington Beach Hospital have been very busy these past weeks gathering old photos and the history of the hospital for its 50th Anniversary celebration on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Videographer Matt Leffreing records the historic event


Combing old files and talking to people and staff that remembers the important early years, Gonzalez had complied a short power point history of the hospital that would be shown to the many guests who witnessed this glorious event.

Checking out the original Huntington Beach Hospital surfboard



Huntington Beach Councilman (R) checks the Commendation award he'll present



In a large tent erected in from of the hospital, members of staff along with city and county representatives filled the seats.


A large cake with a picture of the hospital was the center of attention prior to the beginning of the celebration.

Former HB mayor Cathy Green with Bill Smith


Representing the City of Huntington Beach included former mayor Cathy Green, present councilman Billy O'Connell, Police Chief Robert Handy, Fire Chief David Segura and Public Information Officer Julie Toledo

Constance Towers present a Certificate of Recognition



Bill Smith presents an award to hospital staff



Hospital staff receive a Commendation award from Councilman Billy O'Connell


Constance Towers representing Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Bill Smith who represented O.C. Supervisor Michele Steel.

Chief Executive Officer Richard Rowe


Richard Rowe, CEO, acted as master of ceremony and introduced many of the doctors and staff of Huntington Beach Hospital.

A special treat came when Rowe introduced Pat Emma.

Pat Emma presented the hispital with the first baby fifty years ago


Fifty years ago Pat and her husband Joseph came to the newly build hospital on Beach Boulevard to give birth to a baby boy that they would name Lance.

Lance Emma with his wife Angie


It would be the first baby born at the hospital.

"When the nurse brought in the new baby, it was the wrong baby," said Pat Emma

"It was an easy mistake as my husband had dark black hair, but my Lance had red hair and they brought the right baby to me," Emma said.


Richard Rowe presents Pat Emma with flowers and Lance a boxed award


Part of the ceremony was the bringing up front the few employees who were hired in the 1970s and still are here.

Four longtime employees holding flowers


Rowe introduced several longtime volunteers to the hospital.

Them it was time to cut the cake to end the ceremony and now Cristal Gonzalez and Roxanne Contreras can now relax and start planning for the next anniversary.

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