About 30 people gathered at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center to celebrate the hospital's 10th anniversary with the installation of a time capsule.
The time capsule was sealed into a wall of the building at 3 p.m. Monday. It was filled with submissions from staff and physicians.
Entries included documents related to the COVID-19 pandemic, letters to future employees, family and staff photos and newspapers.
The time capsule is set to be opened again in 50 years.
"Fifty years from now, whoever is working at the hospital can open it up and really compare how things were today to what they will be like in 50 years," said Lompoc Valley Medical Center CEO Steve Popkin.
Speakers at the celebration talked about the impact the medical center has had regarding access to healthcare in Lompoc.
Social distancing and masks were enforced. Visitors were required to check-in at the front lobby entrance and undergo screening and hands-free temperature checks.