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  PAMC has a rich history that dates back to when the City of 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 the newly arrived French citizens. The Society soon realized that the growing French community needed a hospital, and so constructed the French Hospital at the corner of College and Castellar now known as Hill Street in 1869, making it Los Angeles’ first hospital. The landmark statue of Joan of Arc still stands proudly on the front lawn as a reminder of this period in the history of our City.

By the 1900s the once predominate French Community welcomed Chinese individuals working in the railroads and agriculture. The area became known as Chinatown.

Chinatown thrived, expanding and becoming 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 1.2 million.

With a dedication to innovation and commitment to excellence PAMC has earned numerous prestigious awards and recognition in the health care industry. PAMC received the Cleverley and Associates Five Star Hospital Award in 2007 and 2008. The hospital has also been recognized by Thomson Healthcare: It was named a 100 Top Hospitals in the United States in 2007, and in 2006 it was the only Southern California hospital to be recognized as a Thomson 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leader.