Los Angeles County Trauma Center Information

After a heart attack, car accident or other severe injury, you may find yourself or a loved one at an Emergency Department or a Trauma Center. Below you will find information about trauma centers.

What is a trauma?

A trauma is a serious or critical bodily injury. One of the most common cause of trauma is vehicular accidents which result in sudden injuries that require immediate medical attention. Common types of traumatic injuries are traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, skull fractures, collapsed lungs, crush injuries, and burn injuries.

What is a Trauma Center?

Trauma Centers are licensed hospitals which have been designated a “Trauma Center” by a local Emergency Medical Services Agency (LEMSA). Trauma Centers have the personnel, services, and equipment necessary to care for injured patients, or trauma patients. Trauma centers have, at least, a multidisciplinary trauma team and a basic emergency department. Some of the specially trained health care providers at trauma centers may include trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, cardiac surgeons and radiologists.

Types of trauma centers in Los Angeles County

What is the difference in the different level trauma centers?

In California, we have multiple trauma center designations, as defined by the CA Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA). These are:

  • Level I Trauma Centers
  • Level II Trauma Centers
  • Level III Trauma Centers
  • Level IV Trauma Centers
  • Pediatric Trauma Centers

According to the California Office of Statewide Planning and Development, CA EMSA defines trauma centers as follows:

  • Level I and level II trauma centers have similar personnel, services, and resource requirements with the greatest difference being that level I’s are research and teaching facilities.
  • Level III and level IV trauma centers generally provide initial stabilization of trauma patients with the greatest differences being surgical capabilities at the level III facilities.
  • Pediatric trauma centers focus specifically on pediatric trauma patients, generally. The Level I pediatric centers require some additional pediatric specialties, research, and teaching responsibilities.

Trauma Centers in and around Los Angeles California:

  • AVH: AntelopeValleyHospital
  • CAL: California Hospital Medical Center
  • CHH: Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
  • CSM: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • HCH: Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
  • HMH: HuntingtonMemorialHospital
  • HMN: HenryMayoNewhallMemorialHospital
  • LBM: Long BeachMemorialMedicalCenter
  • NRH: NorthridgeHospitalMedicalCenter
  • SFM: St. Francis Medical Center
  • SMM: St. Mary Medical Center
  • UCL: RonaldReaganUCLAMedicalCenter
  • USC: LAC+USCMedicalCenter

More about these trauma centers:

Note: Addresses below are the general hospital addresses. Emergency Departments and Trauma Centers may have different addresses or be located at areas of hospital campuses different than the addresses listed below.

Note: Emergency department designations were current as of December 2016.

AVH: Antelope Valley Hospital
Emergency Dept: Level II Trauma Center
This is a public hospital located in Lancaster. AVH is also a STEMI receiving center and Advanced Primary Stroke Center
1600 W Avenue J, Lancaster, CA 93534
https://www.avhospital.org/
https://www.avhospital.org/Services/EmergencyDepartment

CAL: California Hospital Medical Center
Emergency Dept: Level II Trauma Center
Also known as Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center, this 318 bed hospital is in the South Park area of Los Angeles. The J. Thomas McCarthy Center for Emergency Services at California Hospital is the only full service emergency room (ER) in Downtown Los Angeles open 24/7.
1401 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015
https://www.dignityhealth.org/californiahospital/
http://www.dignityhealth.org/californiahospital/medical-services/emergency-and-trauma-services

CHH: Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Emergency Dept: Level I Pediatric Trauma Center
This is one of 12 hospitals in the USA providing the highest level of emergency care for children, and is also designated as a pediatric critical care center.
4650 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
http://www.chla.org/
http://www.chla.org/emergency-department

CSM: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Emergency Dept: Level I Truama Center
This is a non-profit, 958 bed hospital and academic science center located in Los Angeles. The Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is dedicated to providing emergency care to adults and children (has EDAP designation). The Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/
https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Emergency-Department/

HCH: Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
Emergency Dept: Level II Trauma Center
Located near the intersections of the 405, 5, 118 and 210 freeways, this hospital serves both the North San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.
15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills, CA 91345
http://california.providence.org/holy-cross/
http://california.providence.org/holy-cross/services/trauma-center/

HMH: Huntington Memorial Hospital
Emergency Dept: Level II Trauma Center
Huntington Memorial Hospital is home to the largest emergency department and only level II trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley.
100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
http://www.huntingtonhospital.com/Main/Home.aspx
http://www.huntingtonhospital.com/Main/EmergencyDepartment.aspx

HMN: Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
Emergency Dept: Level II Trauma Center
Henry Mayo is a designated Level II Trauma Center capable of providing a full spectrum of trauma care for severe, life-threatening injuries.
23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
http://www.henrymayo.com/
http://www.henrymayo.com/our-services/trauma/trauma-services

LBM: Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
Emergency Dept: Level II Trauma Center, Pediatric Level II Trauma Center
The Emergency Department at Long Beach Memorial is the largest of its kind in California and among the newest and most advanced in the entire United States.
2801 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806
https://www.memorialcare.org/long-beach-memorial
https://www.memorialcare.org/services/emergency-care/emergency-care-long-beach-memorial

NRH: Northridge Hospital Medical Center
Emergency Dept: Level II Trauma Center, Pediatric Level II Trauma Center
Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in the San Fernando Valley with trauma center designation.
18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge, CA 91328
http://www.dignityhealth.org/northridgehospital/
https://www.dignityhealth.org/northridgehospital/medical-services/trauma-center-and-emergency-care

SFM: St. Francis Medical Center
Emergency Dept: Level II Trauma Center
This busy hospital is also a designated Stroke Receiving Center, EDAP, and STEMI.
3630 E. Imperial Highway, Lynwood, CA 90262
https://stfrancis.verity.org/
https://stfrancis.verity.org/our-services/emergency-trauma-services/

SMM: St. Mary Medical Center
Emergency Dept: Level II Trauma Center
Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach has many designations including STEMI, EDAP, and they are a Disaster Resource Center.
1050 Linden Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813
http://www.dignityhealth.org/stmarymedical/
http://www.dignityhealth.org/stmarymedical/services/emergency-medicine

UCL: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Emergency Dept: Level I Trauma Center, Pediatric Level I Trauma Center
The Saperstein Emergency Department in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center sees over 45,000 patients per year and is also a Stroke and STEMI receiving center.
757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
https://www.uclahealth.org/reagan/
https://www.uclahealth.org/reagan/emergency-department

USC: LAC+USC Medical Center
Emergency Dept: Level I Trauma Center, Pediatric Level II Trauma Center
Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, also known as County/USC, by the abbreviation LAC+USC, or by the name Los Angeles County General, is one of the largest hospitals in the county.
2051 Marengo St., Los Angeles, CA 90033
http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/lacusc/

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