Information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Including changes to our visitor policy


Orchard Hospital history breaking ground for the hospital

Orchard Hospital History - Breaking ground for the Hospital

Orchard Hospital was built in 1949 as Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital following a pledge drive throughout the Biggs, Gridley, and Richvale areas of Butte County, and Live Oak in Sutter County, to provide closer-to-home health care for the region. Construction started even before the City Council approved the annexation of the site into the city, which was needed to extend city water lines to the new health care center.

Though a $17,000 federal grant was used to help buy hospital equipment, a combination of local subscribers raised most of the money to build the nonprofit facility. By 1949, the communities of Biggs, Gridley, Live Oak, and Richvale had contributed $700,000 for the 30-bed hospital.

Orchard Hospital history showing employees at BGMH

Orchard Hospital History - Employees


Our Hospital currently has 24 General Acute Care beds. It operates the Medical Specialty located at 284 Spruce Street in Gridley, The Medical Specialty Center Oroville 2445 Oro Dam Blvd., Suite 8 in Oroville, and Hovlid Community Care Center (Skilled Nursing Facility) 246 Spruce Street in Gridley, which has 82 beds.  We changed the name of the Hospital to Orchard Hospital in 2013.

We welcome you to Orchard Hospital -- a place where employees, volunteers, and physicians collaborate to create an environment of compassion, humanity, and care for the community we serve. We are all looking forward to the next seventy years!

Orchard Hospital is a SAFE SURRENDER SITE: By state law, an infant up to 72 hours old may be left with a health care profession at Orchard Hospital, legally and anonymously.