Emergency & Trauma Services

Every second counts in emergency medicine. Families count on St. Francis Medical Center to have the facilities, equipment and experienced emergency medicine physicians and nurses available to care for a loved one.  SFMC operates one of the largest and busiest private Emergency Departments in Southern California treating over 84,000 patients last year.  The St. Francis Emergency Department includes 46 beds, state-of-the-art technology, and is open 24 hours a day to provide immediate treatment for medical emergencies around the clock.

Using a Team Care approach, we are able to triage patients quickly, collect medical information efficiently, expedite lab work and other tests, and promptly place patients on the proper and effective course of treatment.  Through Team Care, we are able to streamline clinical pathways for minor and more serious cases and reduce wait time, while ensuring swift and highly skilled care.

St. Francis Medical Center is an approved STEMI Receiving Center for Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services.  A STEMI, or “ST elevation myocardial infarction,” is a type of heart attack requiring Catheterization Lab intervention. Vital care for patients experiencing a STEMI begins in our Emergency Department. Our elevated level of service continues in our Heart Center, which provides immediate response and treatment for patients undergoing a STEMI. https://stfrancis.verity.org/our-services/heart-and-vascular-center/

St. Francis Medical Center is also an approved Stroke Receiving Center for Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services, with immediate treatment beginning in our Emergency Department.  Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States – more than 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year. The good news is that about 4.5 million stroke survivors are alive today, and for many of them, it is due to the immediate treatment they received at an approved Stroke Receiving Center. Our Stroke Team provides advanced diagnostic technologies and techniques, medication management, education on life style changes, and post stroke rehabilitation. https://stfrancis.verity.org/our-services/primary-stroke-center/

St. Francis Medical is an EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) designated provider by Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services, receiving 9-1-1 ambulance traffic of pediatric patients. As a provider, our hospital’s Emergency Department has special pediatric equipment, physician specialty coverage, and ongoing pediatric staff education to specifically address and meet the needs of the critically ill pediatric patient.

In addition, SFMC operates one of the busiest private Paramedics Base Station in Los Angeles County.  Our Paramedic Base Station provides the medical oversight to the 9-1-1 medical calls in our primary service area.  Our in-house team of Mobile Intensive Care Nurses (MICNs) coordinates the services of 33 paramedic squads in response to over 1,700 emergency calls each month.  The base station also offers education to paramedics and MICNs, in compliance with Continuing Medical Education requirements.

Did you know that if you have a medical emergency and call 9-1-1 for help, you can request the paramedics to have you transported to St. Francis Medical Center.

Trauma Center

In 1996, in response to a dramatic lack of trauma services in Southeast Los Angeles, St. Francis Medical Center established its Trauma Center.  Our Trauma Center is designated by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, and verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, which recognizes our center’s dedication to providing optimal care for trauma patients.  This includes the full spectrum of care, from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

SFMC’s Trauma Team includes a Trauma surgeon; Emergency Department physician; anesthesiologists; surgical, emergency and intensive care nurses; radiology technicians; respiratory therapists; emergency medical technicians; laboratory technicians; social workers; case management specialists; spiritual care counselors; and a patient advocate.

The Trauma Center has an essential role within Los Angeles County.  Last year we treated more than 2,200 trauma patients. The most critically ill or injured patients are transported to SFMC’s Trauma Center via helicopter, thereby eliminating life-threatening delays in care.

Injury Prevention / Community Outreach

Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (VPC)
SFMC Trauma Services is an institutional member of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (VPC). The mission of the VPC is to be a powerful, unified voice and a resource for member organizations that are committed to developing healthy, safe communities, advocating for a prevention-based approach to reducing/eliminating violence, and creating social equity. VPC organizes trainings, conferences, workshops, and symposiums for its members and community stakeholders to share best practices, network, and build relationships. It provides linkages and a platform for individuals, organizations, and policy makers who share a commitment to improving the health and well-being of the community.

The mission of Hospitals Against Violence Empowering Neighborhoods (HAVEN) is to prevent injury, violence, and the associated consequences through a collaborative approach. Recognizing injury as a public health problem, HAVEN is dedicated to the eradication of preventable injuries by developing and supporting programs that forestall injuries. HAVEN was created in 2010 as its founders recognized that trauma is the number one killer of America’s youth. St. Francis Medical Center Trauma Services spearheaded the effort to bring together Los Angeles area trauma centers together. Seeking support through the Violence Prevention Coalition (VPN), SFMC Trauma Services helped to establish a collaborative model for injury and trauma prevention, founded on the idea that individual trauma centers each had assets to share collectively that would effectively reduce preventable traumas.


American College of Surgeons (ACS) www.facs.org
American Trauma Society (ATS) www.amtrauma.org
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) www.acep.org
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) http://www.aanp.org/
Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) www.astna.org
Center for Disease Control (CDC) www.cdc.org
Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma (EAST) www.east.org
Emergency Nurses Association  (ENA) www.ena.org
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) www.icisf.org
I’m Safe-Child Safety Solutions www.imsafe.com
Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy www.jhsph.edu
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) www.nhtsa.gov
National Institutes of Health (NIH) www.nih.gov
Safe Kids USA www.safekids.org
Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) www.traumanurses.org
Southern California Injury Prevention Research Program  (SCIPRP) www.ph.ucla.edu/sciprc
Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) www.traumafoundation.org
Trauma Managers Association of California (TMAC) http://www.traumamanagersca.org/
Trauma Resuscitation After Resuscitation (TCAR) www.tcarprograms.com
Trauma.Org Care of the Injured http://www.trauma.org/