Further changes to the Hospital’s position in the community came in 1976 when the Eden Health District Board voted to end the collection of local property taxes for the purpose of supporting the hospital. Despite this, Eden Hospital maintained its status as a community hospital—as well as one of the town’s largest employers—up until the late 1990s. In 1997, the District reached an agreement with Sutter Health to continue operating as an affiliate not-for-profit medical center.
In 2013, having served the community for over half a century, the original Eden Hospital building was demolished and replaced with a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility. The primary purpose of the construction project was to achieve compliance with California’s seismic safety law, of which the old hospital’s mid-20th century design could not meet without extensive and complex retrofitting. The construction of a new hospital also allowed for a fundamental redesign of the facility’s layout: the old building had a total of just over 150 beds, often with two or four beds per ward. Because modern infection control procedures prevented these rooms from being used to their full capacity, only about 60% of the hospital’s beds could be used safely at a time. The new hospital contains about 130 beds each contained in their own private rooms, maximizing safety and utility. Additionally, the switch from the old hospital to the new hospital accompanied a shift from paper files to electronic files, removing the need for physicians to physically locate patient charts each time they move between floors.
Though the old Eden Hospital served Castro Valley well for many years, health and medicine is one area where being up to date is an absolute necessity. In order to meet modern healthcare standards even iconic landmarks like the Eden Hospital must change with the times.