We have earned the following specialty center designations. Hospitals are
evaluated by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency
(LACO EMS Agency) for specialty center designation.
Paramedic Base Hospital
Huntington Memorial Hospital is one of 20 hospitals in Los Angeles County
that serves as a paramedic base hospital.
When medical 9-1-1 is accessed, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and
paramedics from our local fire departments arrive on scene. Huntington
Hospital manages approximately 1,000 base hospital paramedic assessments
and contacts per year.
Huntington Hospital is the only Trauma Center in the San Gabriel Valley.
There are specific criteria, outlined by the Los Angeles County Emergency
Medical Services (LACO EMS) Agency, to determine when a patient should
be transported to a Trauma Center. Huntington Hospital has a catchment
area which extends (approximately) from the 2 and 10 freeways to the edge
of Monrovia and the local mountains. As a Trauma Center we have critical
surgical intervention available immediately, at any hour of the day, as
well as specialized equipment and a specially trained Emergency Department,
Surgical and Intensive Care (ICU) and Registered Nurses.
Pediatric Medical Care Center
Huntington Hospital is also the only Pediatric Medical Care Center (PMC)
in the San Gabriel Valley. Specialized criteria determine when a pediatric
patient in a critical medical state should be transported to a PMC. As
a PMC we must have RNs specially trained in critical pediatric care in
the Emergency Department and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
ST Elevation Myocardial Infarct (STEMI) Receiving Center
Paramedics are capable of performing electrocardiogram tests (EKG) in the
field, which can diagnose a patient having a serious heart attack (aka
“STEMI”), and determine their need for immediate intervention
in a cardiac catheterization laboratory (cath lab). In most cases, paramedics
can actually transmit the EKG to the Emergency Department physicians at
Huntington Hospital. Upon diagnosis, the Emergency Department physician
or staff will immediately call an interventional cardiologist and our
cath lab team of nurses and technicians.
Our STEMI Receiving Center also provides therapeutic hypothermia for cardiopulmonary
arrest patient, a treatment that increases the chance of a patient surviving
Primary Stroke Center
Paramedics perform a neurological assessment on patients appearing to have
signs and symptoms of a stroke. Taking into account the paramedic assessment
and the onset of symptoms, the determination can be made to send a patient
to a Primary Stroke Center. In our Stroke Center, Huntington Hospital
physicians can perform neurological interventions by removing the clot
in the brain and providing medications to prevent further brain damage
and promote recovery for the stroke patients.
Huntington Hospital provides complete obstetrical care for high risk patients
and their newborns in a comprehensive Labor and Delivery department complete
with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).