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New hospital name reflects changing scope of services

San Antonio Community Hospital has changed its name to San Antonio Regional Hospital to “better reflect its full scope of services and growing service area,” according to a news release put out by the hospital.

The new name and identity acknowledges the hospital’s current platform of growth and its expanding footprint of comprehensive healthcare services throughout the Inland Empire. The 108-year-old independent nonprofit hospital is currently in the midst of a $160 million expansion program that will add much-needed beds housed in private rooms, an expanded 52-bed emergency department and other critical services to meet the needs of the growing communities it serves. The new Emergency Department and patient tower are slated to open in 2015.

“We have literally outgrown our name,” Harris F. Koenig, president and chief executive officer of San Antonio Regional Hospital, said. “We believe that San Antonio Regional Hospital better reflects the depth and breadth of services our hospital provides to patients.”

When Dr. William Howard Craig began caring for his community over a century ago, patients came from just a few square miles. As the population grew, so did the hospital, expanding to meet this growing demand for healthcare services. As the decades have passed, San Antonio’s original small community hospital with basic services has become a sophisticated healthcare organization encompassing a large portion of the Inland Empire.

“Our core services have expanded beyond hospital-based care to include a comprehensive scope of programs and services that encompass more outpatient facilities and a strong emphasis on community health improvement through wellness and prevention,” Mr. Koenig said.

The new hospital name does not reflect a change in ownership or its mission of serving the community with high-quality medical and wellness services.

“We are very proud of the people of San Antonio who dedicated themselves to the hospital yesterday and continue this dedication today,” Mr. Koenig said.

The hospital was founded in 1907 as an 18-bed hospital at the corner of San Antonio Avenue and Arrow Highway. It had five doctors serving the small citrus-growing community. Last year marked the celebration of 90 years at its current location on San Bernardino Road.

San Antonio Regional Hospital also operates comprehensive medical service locations throughout the Inland Empire including Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, as well as a new San Antonio Medical Plaza opening this spring in the city of Eastvale. San Antonio has begun a transformation to embrace a new model of care—treating illness and injury while promoting wellness through prevention services.

The new hospital name will become effective March 16. To learn more, visit www.sarh.org.

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