Yesterday I was invited to celebrate “10 Years of Excellence” as Edgemoor Hospital celebrated the first decade in their new building. The ceremony was quite interesting for those who don’t know how deep the history is, rooting back to the 1920s when the County purchased land with a farm and used the buildings to care for the poor and elderly. Before Social Security, and long before Santee’s incorporation, it was a place for the oldest and poorest citizens of our community to reside who were turned away by other care facilities. Unfortunately over time, Edgemoor gained a reputation which preceded them as a hospital which was looked at as a last resort for those who needed care, being in financial despair and having negligent care. The County knew they needed to step up and take action if they wanted to continue to maintain the ownership and operation of the facility. And so, they did!
In 2009, they opened the doors to the new Edgemoor Skilled Nursing Facility. At a cost of $129 million, it boasts two floors, 192 patient beds with private rooms for their long-term care offered for complex medical needs, and employs over 200 nurses. They have plans for 2,400 solar panels to be installed, making about a third of their energy clean and renewable. In 2017, Edgemoor received the Gold Excellence in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Edgemoor Skilled Nursing Facility has been named the best in the county AND the state by Newsweek magazine (the magazine analyzed more than 15,000 nursing homes in the United States and chose 406 award-winners in 20 states). Feel free to read that line again… best in the county AND the state!
The commitment to quality care and continuous improvement at Edgemoor supports Live Well San Diego, the County’s vision to improve the health and safety of residents. It was my pleasure to be there learning more about the work that goes on there as well as meet some of their incredible residents and hear their inspiring stories. As spoken by County Supervisor Diane Jacob back in 2009 at the grand opening and again at yesterday’s celebration, “If it’s true that a community can be judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable members, I believe the new Edgemoor is testament to San Diego County’s compassionate nature.” I couldn’t agree more.