50 Years of CaringMemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center is continually honored for exceptional medical expertise that offers high-quality, compassionate care for patients and families at every stage of their lives. In 2024, we are celebrating 50 years of caring for the Orange County community.

Over the last five decades, the local community has entrusted us with care during pivotal moments — welcoming a new life, undergoing complex surgeries, or keeping them healthy from infancy through their golden years. We’re committed to serving patients with compassionate care for the next 50 years and beyond.

Our centers of excellence are renowned for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease and orthopedics; and for our leadership in emergency medicine, breast health, age-friendly care, and surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures, advanced imaging, neurosurgery and women’s health.

50 Years of Caring

SBMC 1974

1974:

Saddleback Community Hospital opens with 146 beds.

SBMC 1974

1985:

Cardiac catheterization lab opens.

SBMC 2005

1988:

The Women’s Hospital delivers opens. (Photo from 2005)

SBMC 2011

1989:

MemorialCare Cancer Institute launches.

SBMC 2021

1991:

Heart Institute and Wellness Center opens. (Photo from 2021)

SBMC 2021

2002:

Meiklejohn Critical Care Pavilion opens. (Photo from 2021)

SBMC 2021

2019:

Hybrid operating suite opens. (Photo from 2021)

LDR Suite

2023:

Birthing suites in The Women’s Hospital renovated.

SBMC Breast Center

2023:

Sarah & Taylor Nederlander Breast Center opens in the new Women’s Health Pavilion.

Personalized Midwifery Care – Coming February 2024!

We’re expanding our midwifery care this February with the addition of three certified nurse midwives, who will deliver babies exclusively at Saddleback Medical Center. Our midwife philosophy emphasizes comprehensive prenatal support, education, and counseling. We will empower women to make informed choices, ensuring they have the best possible birth experience and the autonomy to decide what feels most natural to them.

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