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First Hospital in Los Angeles

In 1856, after arriving in California from Maryland at the request of the Bishop of Los Angeles and Monterey, four members of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul opened a small school and orphanage in Los Angeles (also see First Orphanage in Los Angeles). Shortly thereafter, they also began caring for the sick. This became a hospital in an abode owned by then-Los Angeles Mayor Don Cristóbal Aguilar on Upper Main Street and the first hospital in Los Angeles. In 1860, they relocated to Naud Street. By 1884, they had opened a larger hospital, the Los Angeles Infirmary, on Sunset and Beaudry. In 1918, it was renamed St. Vincent's Hospital and, in 1974, St. Vincent's Medical Center.