The Linda Vista Community Hospital, formerly known as Santa Fe Railroad Hospital and Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, is an abandoned hospital located in Los Angeles, California. The address of this hospital is in 610-30 South Saint Louis Street. The hospital was built for railroad employees and was one of four employee hospitals run by the railroad Santa Fe Employees Hospital Association. The property was purchased for $5,500 and the hospital was constructed at a cost of $147,000. After its closure in 1991, the hospital became a popular filming location for horror-themed productions, including horror films, horror TV shows, and music videos. It has also become the subject of several paranormal investigations.
The hospital opened to great fanfare in 1904 and even had its own Jersey cattle, chickens, and a garden to provide patients with the freshest milk, butter, eggs, poultry, and vegetables. This original Moorish-style hospital building designed by Charles Frederick Whittlesey, known as the Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, was razed and rebuilt in 1924 in the current mission revival style structure. In 1989 it was renamed the Linda Vista Community Hospital.
Decline and closureEdit
By the late 1970s and early 1980s, the railroad hospital association facilities were experiencing declining use, as more railroad workers began to use conventional medical-insurance policies. The area surrounding the hospital also became a less-affluent area and hospital funding was affected.The Santa Fe Railroad sold the 150-bed hospital to a managed healthcare company in 1980. According to a California Health Law News report, when Linda Vista tried to reduce operational expenses in response, the hospital was blamed for an increase in facility death rates. During that time, the hospital was regularly treating a fair number of gunshot wounds, stabbing wounds, and slashing wounds from the local neighborhoods, which affected its mortality statistics. An increase in uninsured and under-insured patients forced the hospital to close its emergency services department in 1989. The quality of care at Linda Vista Community Hospital continued to decline as nurses and doctors moved to other hospitals. In 1991, the hospital was closed down for real.
In the decades since its closure, it has become the center of several paranormal investigations; the most notable investigation was initiated by Ghost Adventures, where the crew stayed a full night in the hospital. Since that time, it has been used primarily as a filming location. In January 2006, the hospital was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2011, the 4.2-acre Linda Vista Hospital complex was purchased by AMCAL Multi-Housing Inc. The structures on the historic registry, the main hospital and former nurses dormitory, were renovated into the Linda Vista Senior Apartments and now provide a total of 97 apartments for fixed-income seniors plus a medical facility.
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- "Best Evidence"
- "Scariest Moments"
- "Return to Linda Vista Hospital"
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- "Obsessions and Possessions"