When life's unexpected health emergencies occur, you can take comfort
knowing that the highly skilled physicians and dedicated staff at Valley
Presbyterian Hospital are prepared to treat you or a loved one. Our full-service
Emergency Services department has several designations that demonstrate
our commitment to excellent care.
We are designated as a receiving center for cardiac patients
With heart events, acting fast is critical. To save lives and provide patients
with the best possible outcomes, our heart specialists are ready to treat
a heart attack victim within 90 minutes of the onset of chest pain.
Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services, the agency dedicated to
appropriate and efficient response to emergencies throughout the county,
has designated Valley Presbyterian Hospital as a STEMI Receiving Center.
As a receiving center, paramedics bring patients experiencing heart attacks
directly to our Emergency Services Department. Here, they are rapidly
assessed and triaged. Depending on the patient's diagnosis and condition,
he or she may have immediate angiography, angioplasty or even bypass surgery
Our STEMI designation assures you that we have a highly skilled cardiac
response team ready to treat heart attack patients 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, 365 days a year.
We are a certified Primary Stroke Center
We are designated as a certified Primary Stroke Center based on our response
to critical patient conditions.
The certification is provided through a partnership between the American
Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission,
the nation's largest independent health care evaluation body. As a
Primary Stroke Center, we have demonstrated the ability to meet standards
to support better outcomes for stroke care.
We have a dedicated stroke-focused program that is staffed by qualified
medical professionals who are specially trained in stroke care and who
use advanced technologies to act quickly and save patients' lives.
We offer care to meet stroke patients' individual needs and we involve
patients in their treatment plan.
We are specially designated to care for pediatric patients
Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services has approved our facility
to receive pediatric patients from the 9-1-1 system. Our "Emergency
Department Approved for Pediatrics" designation means we have met
specific requirements for professional staff, quality improvement, education,
support services, equipment, supplies, medications and established policies,
procedures, and protocols.
We have a Hospitalist Program
hospitalist program provides 24/7 physician coverage to patients who are admitted through
our Emergency Department and do not have a primary care physician to manage
their care while they are in the hospital. Our board-certified hospitalists,
led by Medical Director Sanjay Vadgama, MD, collaborate with other physicians,
staff and ancillary services to ensure patients receive high quality,
coordinated care throughout their hospital stay.
We provide Fast Track Emergency Care
We offer Fast Track Emergency Care to treat patients with serious but not
life threatening health issues such as cuts or sports injuries, as well
as colds, fevers, and earaches. The clinical staff provides adult as well
as pediatric care, so the entire family can turn to Valley Presbyterian
Hospital for their emergent needs. Fast Track patients are treated through
an expedited process, so they are able to be treated quickly and avoid
lengthy wait times. Our Fast Track process helps to free up the Emergency
Department for patients who have serious medical problems and improves
the overall flow of patients through the Emergency Department.