Emergency Services

When a health emergency happens, it is comforting to know that highly skilled doctors and licensed staff at Valley Presbyterian Hospital are on hand to help you or a loved one. Led by Emergency Services Director, Brian J. Ostick, MD, our full-service Emergency Department is committed to giving you excellent care.

We are a STEMI Receiving Center for heart patients

It is important to act fast when there is a heart problem. To save lives and give patients the best possible outcomes, our highly skilled cardiac response team is ready to treat patients having heart attacks within 30 minutes of arriving at our Emergency Department, 24 hours every day.

Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services has designated Valley Presbyterian Hospital as a STEMI Receiving Center. Paramedics bring patients having heart attacks to our Emergency Department, where they are quickly examined. Depending on the diagnosis and condition, the patient may have immediate angiography, angioplasty or even bypass surgery, if needed.

We are a certified Primary Stroke Center

We are a certified Primary Stroke Center by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and DNVHC (Det Norske Veritas Healthcare.) As a Primary Stroke Center, our Emergency Department has shown that it meets standards for better stroke care.

We have a program led by doctors and staff who are specially trained in stroke care. They use advanced technology to act fast and save lives. The care we provide is different for each person's needs, and we keep patients involved in their treatment plan.

We are specially designated to care for pediatric patients

Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services has also approved our Emergency Department to receive children from the 9-1-1 system. As an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP), we have met special requirements for professional staff, quality improvement, education, support services, equipment, supplies, medications, policies, procedures, and protocols.

In 2017, Valley Presbyterian Hospital was also named as a Pediatric Medical Center (PMC) by the County of Los Angeles. This allows us to provide a higher level of care for children in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Only three hospitals are designated PMC in the San Fernando Valley, and we are proud to be one of them.

We have Hospitalist and Laborist Programs

Our Hospitalist and Laborist Programs provide doctors to patients who are admitted through our Emergency Department, available 24 hours every day.

If you do not have a primary care doctor or are from outside Los Angeles, a hospitalist may be provided to help with your care while you are in the hospital. Our board-certified hospitalists, led by Medical Director Sanjay Vadgama, MD, work with other doctors, staff and services so patients have high quality, coordinated care while at the hospital.

If you are pregnant and do not have an obstetrician, have not had prenatal care, and/or you are from outside Los Angeles, a laborist may be provided. Our laborists are board-certified obstetricians who ensure the safety and care of women and babies during delivery and throughout their hospital stay in our Little Treasures Maternity Services unit.

Our Emergency Department renovation

The number of patients visiting our Emergency Department is more than double. Construction has started on a renovation project to enlarge the department. It will always be open during the 3-year project and is expected to be finished in 2018.