Is Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital Real? Inside the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Staple
Fans of Grey’s Anatomy know that Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital has been through a lot, and frankly, we’ve been right there with the home of our favorite doctors the whole time. And now with the Season 14 premiere just around the corner, viewers want to know if the hospital is real.
The answer? Sort of. Although a hospital named Grey Sloan Memorial doesn’t exist in real life, many of the scenes that take place in the fictional hospital are shot in a real-life medical center. The show’s plot is based in Seattle, but many of the scenes are filmed at Veterans Administration Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, which is located at 16111 Plummer Street in North Hills, CA, which is a part of LA.
One side of the building is used for full views of the hospital, while the other side is where the doctors exit the facility. But even though the structure of the hospital is taken from there, the hallways, surgical rooms, lobby, and more is actually filmed at the show’s huge set in Los Feliz, CA, another part of LA.
When the show first started in 2005, the hospital was called Seattle Grace Hospital, and that was the name of it until 2009 when the hospital merged with Mercy West Medical Center due to the financial crisis and was renamed Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital. That was when some of your favorites including Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) and Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew) came aboard the medical drama!
So, how did Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital get its name, you ask? After the tragic plane crash that left Dr. Lexie Gray (Chyler Leigh) and Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) dead, the survivors of the accident wanted to honor their late friends and co-workers in a special way. That said, Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), the other survivors, a new board of directors, Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez), and Dr. Avery took over the hospital and gave it the new name. We can’t wait to get go inside the hospital again on Thursday, Sept. 28!
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