The George & Thelma Anderson Critical Care Center at Downey Regional Medical Center
The George and Thelma Anderson Critical Care Center is devoted to patients who need a higher level of care and monitoring than can be provided in a non-critical care setting. The Center consists of Coronary Care and Intensive Care units. Nurses who staff these specialized areas are experts in caring for patients during the critical phase of an illness.
The Anderson Critical Care Center hosts the most advanced cardiac monitors and total care beds that transform into special cardiac chairs. All rooms are private which allows for patient confidentiality and enables families the privacy they need.
Families can be assured that the experienced staff of the Center provides the best quality of care for all our patients.
History of George and Thelma Anderson
In 1979, Thelma Anderson found herself in the intensive and critical care unit with two other patients. The experience made her aware of the overcrowded facilities for critically ill patients at that moment in the hospital. When plans were underway for a new critical care unit, George and Thelma contributed a major gift to the project.
In their words, they were fortunate to have been able to make a financial contribution and hope it inspired others to give of their time even if they don’t have the financial means to donate. They believed that people giving of their time provides ideas that make the hospital a better place for all families and patients.
The George and Thelma Anderson Critical Care Center was made possible by a generous gift of the Anderson’s. The Center was dedicated in April 1983 and has eight intensive care and ten coronary care beds. This project showed the commitment of the Memorial Trust Foundation Board of Trustees and hospital supporters to provide comprehensive medical services within our service area while keeping patient costs as low as possible. The entire cost of the Center was covered through donations – and there was no increase in the fees paid by the new Center’s first patients.
The Anderson Critical Care Center will live on in memory of George and Thelma Anderson.