Name: Site of Contractor’s General Hospital
Site Number: #992
Date Visited: 10/16/2016
Other Designation: N/A
Plaque Status: State Marker
Location: 44300 Ragsdale Rd., Desert Center, CA 92239
Description: In 1933, Dr. Sidney R. Garfield opened Contractor’s General Hospital six miles west of here. His modest facility successfully delivered health care to Colorado River Aqueduct workers through a prepaid insurance plan. Later, in association with industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, Dr. Garfield applied the lessons he first learned at the hospital to create his enduring legacy: Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest nonprofit prepaid health care program.