The history of Pacific Alliance Medical Center
PAMC has a rich history that dates back to the days when Los Angeles was no more than a small dusty agricultural community with a population of 1,500. In 1860, The French Society was founded as a pre-paid health plan for newly arrived French citizens. The Society soon realized that the growing French community needed a hospital. In 1869, it constructed the French Hospital at the corner of College and Hill Street, making it Los Angeles’ first hospital. That hospital is now known as Pacific Alliance Medical Center. The landmark Joan of Arc statue still stands today on our front lawn as a proud reminder of this period in our city's history.
By the 1900s, the once predominate French community welcomed Chinese immigrants working in the railroads and agriculture. The area became known as Chinatown.
Chinatown thrived, expanded and became ever more diverse.
In 1989, the founding board members of PAMC took a substantial risk and purchased the French Hospital from the French Benevolent Association as part of their commitment to maintaining a full-service hospital in the Chinatown community. Their vision and generosity has allowed PAMC to flourish and serve local residents that now number close to 2 million.
With a dedication to innovation and commitment to excellence, PAMC has earned numerous prestigious awards in the health care industry. Today we’re stronger than ever.