Emergency & Trauma Center

Our mission is simple: build a healthier community. It’s what we’ve been doing for nearly 130 years, and today we’re doing it in more ways than ever before.

Emergency & Trauma Center

We are home to the largest Emergency Department and only Level II Trauma Center in the San Gabriel Valley.

COVID-19 Update

Huntington Hospital and our Emergency Department are a resource for the community during this pandemic. So that we can serve the most critical patients, we ask you to contact your doctor and stay home if you have symptoms or are concerned you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Most people do not need to come to the hospital if they suspect they have COVID-19.

  • If you are feeling unwell, you should stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms that include a fever, dry cough and body aches, please call your physician immediately. Your doctor will advise next steps.
  • If you do not have a primary care physician, see our latest press release about telehealth services available through our partner physician group Huntington Health Physicians and our affiliate Exer Urgent Care.

The hospital and Emergency Department should be the last line of treatment at this time, and it is important that we all work together to prioritize those most severely and seriously in need.

However, in any case of urgent or emergency situation, please visit our Emergency Room immediately and our healthcare physicians will support you as needed.

The department’s vital services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Visitor Policy in the Emergency Department

  • Effective Wednesday, August 4 at 7 a.m., our Emergency Department will be closed to visitors, except patients under 18 years of age or those who require a support person under ADA Guidelines.
  • Limiting visitors in this area will decrease exposure for our staff, as well as limit the risk of exposure for anyone in the front lobby waiting area which have been quite crowded recently.
  • If your loved one is admitted to the hospital through our Emergency Department, the patient will then be permitted to have visitors based on hospital policy and department specific guidelines.

You can view our full hospital Visitor Policy here.

For more information about COVID-19, our hospital’s response, and any questions about COVID-19 testing, visit our COVID-19 page.

Contact Us

To contact the Emergency Department, please call (626) 397-5112.

Over 70,000 patients seek emergency care here every year, the majority of whom suffer medical problems or injuries requiring swift and effective treatment.

If you have a non-life threatening issue that can’t wait for a regular doctor’s visit, consider our urgent care partner Exer Urgent Care with locations in Pasadena and La Canada.

Our Emergency & Trauma Services

  • Primary Stroke Center
  • Pediatric Critical Care Center
  • STEMI (heart attack) Receiving Center (SRC) based on meeting time-to-treatment guidelines (90 minutes per AHA)
  • Immediate on-site testing with CT scanner and radiology areas
  • Dedicated emergency medicine pharmacist, a rarity in California hospitals
  • Designated Trauma Wings designed to treat our most urgent patients
  • Rapid Care Wing to treat patients with less serious health conditions
  • EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) with specially designed equipment for kids and staff trained in pediatric emergency medicine and advanced life support
  • Paramedic base station for Pasadena and surrounding communities providing medical oversight to 911 calls
  • Social workers available to provide counseling as needed – first hospital in the nation to offer this service in the ED setting
  • Large patient lobby with a designated children’s area
  • 50 treatment beds
  • Injury prevention program

The Emergency Department has 50 treatment beds. Our large patient lobby has a designated children’s area.

Urgent Care Staffed By Huntington Doctors: Exer Urgent Care in Pasadena and La Canada

We are here when you need us.

COVID-19 Update: Exer Urgent Care is offering telehealth and in-person medical care during this pandemic. Learn more in our press release.

Our Emergency and Trauma Center serves patients with the most urgent health needs that require rapid or even immediate intervention to preserve life. We know that can sometimes cause longer wait times for patients who come to the ER with non-life threatening issues that can’t wait for a regular doctor’s visit.

To help ease the burden as the only emergency room in Pasadena and the largest trauma center in our region, we are affiliated with Exer more than Urgent Care Pasadena and Exer more than Urgent Care La Canada to help bring emergency medicine into the community. Staffed by the same doctors who work in our ER, Exer Pasadena and Exer La Canada offer advanced urgent care in a state of the art facility, with on-site labs, imaging and pharmacy services.

We follow best-practices when prescribing pain medication in our emergency department. You can read our safe pain prescribing guidelines here.

Understanding Your Visit

Please review our Emergency Services Guide to learn more about our visitor policy, triage process, and testing and treatment timing and guidelines.

Download our Emergency and Trauma patient guide.
Descargue nuestra guía para pacientes de emergencia y trauma.

Patient Stories

Hunter Dowden


When Hunter Dowden woke up in the middle of the night with abdominal pain and bleeding, he was worried. His mother, who had been a nurse at Huntington Hospital, called Hunter’s pediatrician, who recommended Hunter go to the nearest emergency department. As he approached our Nan and Howard Schow Emergency & Trauma Center, Hunter felt […]
Bill Mahoney and wife


At first, Bill Mahoney thought he had come down with a cold. As time went on, it became clear something was wrong — very wrong. He started having trouble breathing. Soon, he was unable to lie down without being in excruciating pain. Finally, Bill couldn’t take it anymore. “It felt like someone was stabbing me […]


It was a Saturday afternoon when Salpie and Nishan Basmadjian got the call — the call no parent wants to receive. Their son, Vartan, had been in a car accident, and it was bad. He had been rushed to Huntington Hospital for care. Salpie and Nishan raced here in turn, to see him. When they […]


Raymond Towns can only guess what happened after the car struck him. He had been riding his bike in Pasadena and the car was traveling at 40 miles an hour. He was knocked unconscious. “When I woke up,” he says, “I didn’t know what had happened. I was surprised when they told me I was […]

View all patient stories here.

Specialty Services

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.

Trauma Center

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 neurologically intact.

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.

Perinatal Center

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).

Community Support

It is thanks to our community that our Emergency and Trauma Center is a world-class facility that uses the latest treatments and technology to deliver lifesaving care. Local philanthropists’ generous gifts made the crucial expansion and enhancements possible. Huntington Hospital is deeply grateful for their support, which will make exceptional emergency care available to our region for years to come. Learn how you can make a gift to benefit our Emergency and Trauma Center.

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