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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.

The J. Thomas McCarthy Center for Emergency Services Leavey Trauma Center at California Hospital Medical Center is the only Level II qualified Trauma Center in the downtown area. Our team of highly skilled surgeons, anesthesiologists and specialists provide critical care to patients around-the-clock. 

Since opening in 2004, we have treated over 20,000 patients and become an essential resource for Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. With the finest equipment available, our multidisciplinary experts can focus on providing life-saving care to our most serious cases. California Hospital's high tech surgical intensive care unit features beds that can automatically turn patients and our onsite MRI and CT services ensure results in seconds, not minutes.

Level II Trauma Center

Leavey Trauma Center is verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Elements of Level II Trauma Centers Include:

  • 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons, as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care
  • Trauma prevention and to continuing education programs for staff
  • A comprehensive quality assessment program

What is Trauma?

Trauma is an injury caused by external force applied to the body. Car crashes, violent acts such as shootings and stabbings, and falls are common mechanisms of injury. Major trauma is life threatening or potentially life threatening injury. Major trauma is the leading cause of death and disability for people under age 44. The time from injury to highly specialized trauma hospital care is critical in saving lives and decreasing disabilities. Trauma Centers provide the level of care that can make the difference between life and death.