Emergency Care 24/7
Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, there may be a delay in our ability to respond to your appointment request as well as a delay in actual wait times.
Let us know you're coming. Select your estimated hospital arrival time and wait at home until your scheduled arrival time.
Emergency & Trauma Services
California Hospital Medical Center offers the only full service emergency room (ER) in downtown Los Angeles.
ER Care With Kindness
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. We serve more than 85,000 patients each year and provide efficient and high-quality emergency care with state-of-the-art equipment.
If you're experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.
Downtown Leader in Emergency & Trauma Care
Emergency Services include:
- Trauma bays
- Emergency bays
- Family consultation room
- Family viewing room
- Walk-in entrance and ambulance entrance
- 24-hour on-site access to state-of-the-art digital diagnostic imaging equipment
- MRI and CT services ensure results in seconds, not minutes
Level II Trauma Center
The J. Thomas McCarthy Center for Emergency Services Leavey Trauma Center is the only Level II Trauma Center in the downtown area. The Center's team of highly skilled surgeons, anesthesiologists and specialists provide critical care to patients around-the-clock. Learn more about our Trauma Services.
Highest Quality Emergency Care
Quality of care matters – especially when operating one of the region's busiest ERs and trauma centers. Our Trauma Center has been recognized as having “zero deficiencies” since opening. We are one of the few hospitals nationwide to receive this distinction from the American College of Surgeons.
We are also Joint Commission certified as a Primary Stroke Center.
Where Should You Go to the ER?
At California Hospital Medical Center, we are skilled in treating emergencies for adults and children. If you need emergency care but you are not experiencing a life-threatening condition, make your wait more comfortable by selecting an estimated hospital arrival time online with ER Waiting Service™. Select an estimated hospital arrival time that is convenient for you and simply wait at home until that time.
The ER Waiting Service should not be used for life-threatening emergencies or children under the age of three. Call 911 immediately for more serious conditions.
- Difficulty breathing
- Change in mental status, such as unusual behavior, confusion or difficulty walking or talking
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Sudden dizziness, weakness or change in vision
- Sudden, severe pain anywhere in your body
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Severe bleeding
- Broken bones
- Trauma or injury to the head
Keeping You Healthy Is What We Do
Regardless of what your illness is, our doctors are here to help you find your way back to healthy, faster.
Meet The Team
The team of ER doctors and specialists at California Hospital Medical Center are here to serve any of your medical emergencies, day and night, every day throughout the year. This is a team known for its dedication to rapid response, excellence in diagnosis and treatment, and communicating with respect and compassion. Learn More
Leavey Trauma Center
In times of crisis, you can count on us. For ten years, California Hospital has been a leader in trauma care throughout Los Angeles. Learn More