Our History

Since 1972, we’ve brought a personal touch to patient care


In the late 1950s, the city of Yorba Linda had fewer than 2,000 people. Just a few years later, the space industry transformed the area — bringing both jobs and people who needed healthcare services. So a founding team of 19 community physicians decided to open a hospital to serve the needs of its many new residents. Placentia-Linda Hospital opened its doors in September 1972, with a mission of quality healthcare with a personal touch.

Placentia-Linda’s founding physicians: 

Dr. David Armstrong
Dr. Robert Barrett
Dr. Lloyd Carnahan
Dr. Dan Chiles
Dr. John Davis
Dr. John Denman
Dr. David Ewing
Dr. Russell Ewing
Dr. Marcus Gartner
Dr. Spencer Gilbert
Dr. R. Scott Hall (Founding Chairman of the Governing Board)
Dr. Richard Kenfield
Dr. Gordon McCoy
Dr. Ray McGinty
Dr. Paul Ovando
Dr. Raymond Pence
Dr. John Schmidt (Founding Chief of Staff)
Dr. Theodore Tsuyuki
Dr. Ardath Wightman

Today, it’s still our mission to provide that personal touch — whether you’re here as a patient or with a loved one. It’s been part of our culture since 1972 and helps account for our success as an outstanding community hospital.