Riverside, CA emergency care

The emergency care specialists at Riverside Community Hospital are dedicated to providing comprehensive emergency and trauma care to the diverse population of Riverside and greater Southern California area.

Our emergency facility holds one of the largest Level II trauma centers in Southern California, providing high-speed access to the hospital for people who need emergency medical treatment.

The Riverside Community Hospital’s emergency department is accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for excellence in emergency heart attack procedures. Our specialists provide the latest treatments in heart failure, heart surgery and heart attack interruption.

The emergency department can be reached directly at (951) 788-3000.

Our services

With 50 beds, our efficient Rapid Medical Evaluation (RME®) program lets most patients be seen by a qualified medical professional within an average ER wait time  of 15 minutes upon arrival.

At Riverside Community Hospital, our ER physicians are board certified in emergency medicine, ensuring that patients receive the highest quality of emergency care.

We are also an accredited chest pain center, a Riverside County designated STEMI (ST-elevated myocardial infarction, heart attack) receiving center, and we are home to a comprehensive, highly skilled team of medical specialists available around the clock. Our services include:

  • Certified primary stroke center
  • Accredited chest pain center
  • 50 treatment areas
  • Level II trauma center
  • Paramedic base station
  • Emergency helistop

Signs of a heart attack

If you see or have any of the listed symptoms immediately call 911:

  • Chest discomfort—Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body—Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath—With or without chest discomfort. Sweating, nausea or lightheadedness.

Women are more likely to experience symptoms other than chest pain. They may have a greater tendency to have pain just under the breastbone or complain of abdominal pain, indigestions, difficulty breathing, nausea and unexplained fatigue.

Stroke symptoms

BEFAST at these common signs of a stroke:

Balance Does the person have a sudden loss of balance?
Eye Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes?
FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH Speech or language difficulty. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Is the person confused? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
TIME CALL 9-1-1 if the patient suddenly shows any of these symptoms or they are accompanied by loss of vision or double vision, loss of balance with dizziness or "the worst headache of his/her life." Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness and clumsiness. There may be a sudden loss of strength or sensation in the face, arm or leg or a combination of the three.

When stroke occurs, caused by the rupture or obstruction (a clot) of a blood vessel of the brain, the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Brain cells begin to die within a few minutes.

The FDA approved medication tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) can dramatically increase the chance of recovery after stroke, but must be administered within three hours of symptoms' onset.

The multidisciplinary stroke team of doctors and nurses at Riverside Community Hospital is equipped to acutely treat stroke patients, and to identify stroke symptoms as quickly as possible. Our emergency department has implemented an acute stroke protocol to ensure the rapid evaluation and treatment of patients who are potential candidates for this stroke treatment.