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Emergency & Trauma Services

California Hospital Medical Center offers the only full service emergency/trauma rooms (ER) in downtown Los Angeles.

Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics

California Hospital has earned an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) designation that ensures we have the staff and technology needed to provide immediate care to young patients.


Emergencies happen. And when they do, California Hospital Medical Center is ready for anything. With ERAdvisor, we’re making your time in the emergency room a little easier with real-time updates — all from your mobile phone:

  • View estimated wait times
  • Schedule follow-up visits
  • Share your visit timeline with your family
  • Get answers to common questions

You’ll simply provide a cell phone number to our registration team when you arrive. No sign-up or app download needed.

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.

New Patient Tower Opening 2024

California Hospital is building a new patient tower and investing in the future of healthcare in our community. Together, we can ensure that we become the hospital that our city needs us to be.

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
  • Fainting
  • 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

Learn More About Emergency Services at California Hospital Medical Center

For more information about our Emergency and Trauma Services, please call (213) 748-2411. To find a physician, please use our search tool to Find a Doctor.

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