Emergency & Trauma Center

Our mission is simple: build a healthier community. It’s what we’ve been doing for over 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.

Visitor Policy in the Emergency Department

We know how important it is to be able to visit a loved one in the hospital. As a health care organization, we are dedicated to providing a healthy and safe environment for all who visit our campus and community locations. We are balancing the comfort of our patients and their families with the ongoing need for safety measures.

Per Pasadena Public Health Department, Huntington Health requires masking indoors at all times. This important infection prevention measure protects the health of our patients and caregivers. Thank you for your cooperation. In accordance with the California Department of Public Health Officer Order, effective September 19, 2022, Huntington Hospital no longer requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to visit loved ones.

  • One visitor per non-person under investigation (PUI) (COVID-19) patient.
  • One healthy parent is allowed for a patient under the age of 18, or a patient who is determined to benefit from a support person and in accordance with ADA.

You can view our full hospital Visitor Policy here.

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.

Huntington Health - A continuum of care

Our Emergency & Trauma Services

  • Comprehensive 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.

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

Robert Murphy - Surgery at Huntington Hospital after motorcycle accident


On a beautiful spring morning, Robert Murphy was riding his motorcycle on the Angeles Crest Highway, which runs through the San Gabriel Mountains. His memories of what came next are spotty. “Suddenly, I was on my back,” Robert recalls. “I heard concerned voices and the sound of a helicopter in the distance.” Robert had collided […]
Evan Kowal playing water polo


In May 2020, then-18-year-old Evan Kowal — like many of us — was struggling to adjust to the pandemic. Tensions were running high. “My family and I were all stuck in the same house,” he says, “and my mental health wasn’t in a good place.” In a burst of frustration, Evan punched through a window. […]
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

Bill M

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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