If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1.
When sudden and severe illnesses afflict you and your family, Saint John’s Health Center’s Emergency Department is ready to help. Our board-certified attending physicians and ER nurses are certified in advanced life support and pediatric life support and will respond to any emergency medical situation.
When to use emergency care
It is important for patients to understand that Emergency Departments are for true emergencies. If you don’t know whether your emergency is life-threatening or not, take the safe approach and come in. However, if you don’t need this high level of care, consider options such as more affordable urgent care or a visit to your general practice physician.
STEMI heart attack receiving center
The State Department of Health Services and Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency have designated our emergency department as a STEMI Receiving Center (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction), or heart attack treatment center.
The STEMI Receiving Team coordinates closely with local paramedics, rapidly mobilizing our Coronary Catheterization Team, interventional cardiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons to quickly treat heart attack victims and ensure the best possible outcomes.
Advanced primary stroke center
We are certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, which recognizes safe and high quality care.
The only stroke center in the area with this designation, our team of stroke and aneurysm specialists are here to provide the most advanced interventions to minimize the impact of stroke and related conditions.
Emergency department features
- Specialists available to provide care to emergency patients
- Community-based care physicians, nurses, staff members, paramedics, fire and police who are a part of the community and treat patients and one another as family
- 27 spacious private exam rooms equipped with TVs, phones and Wi-Fi access. Rooms accommodate family or friends who are staying with the patient
- A clean, bright and friendly environment completely focused on providing personalized service and compassionate care
- Outreach to your primary care doctor after the visit to ensure continuity of care
- Respect for all people, their faith, their cultures and their privacy
Fast track care system
Major injuries take precedence over minor injuries, patients often find themselves waiting some time before receiving care, especially if they are experiencing non-threatening colds, flu symptoms, sprains or cuts.
Because these types of injuries can be treated by a physician’s assistant or a nurse practitioner, we’ve developed a Fast Track System that helps provide immediate care for patients suffering from minor injuries. The system helps free up beds in the urgent care area and decreases wait time for less urgent cases.