Riverside, CA emergency care
If you are experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
LargER. FastER. BettER. Now Open!
Riverside Community Hospital is excited to announce the opening of its newly remodeled and expanded ER, designed and equipped to serve more patients while delivering excellent emergency care. Our emergency facility holds one of the largest American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level II trauma centers in Southern California, and one of the largest ER facilities in the Inland Empire. We provide quick access to emergency medical services for people who seek medical attention. Riverside Community Hospital cares for more than 120,000 emergency patients annually and is ready to provide a higher level of care to you and your loved ones, close to home 24/7/365.
Our Emergency Department is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Riverside on 14th Street just off 91 or 60 freeway.
Riverside Community Hospital’s ER features:
- Increased private patient beds from 50 to 62
- New Fast Track area that includes 10 new treatment rooms
- New blood draw process to expedite diagnosis and treatment
- New imaging room for X-rays
- New comfortably designed family-friendly waiting areas
- New patient check-in electronic kiosk system
- Two Board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians
- Emergency Helicopter Landing Pad
- Paramedic base entrance for efficient and quick off-loading of patients
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.
The Riverside Community Hospital’s emergency department is accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for excellence in emergency heart attack procedures. We are also an accredited American College of Cardiology (ACC) Chest Pain Center, a Riverside County designated STEMI (ST-elevated myocardial infarction) receiving center, and we are home to a comprehensive, highly skilled team of medical specialists available around the clock. Our specialists provide the latest treatments in heart failure, heart surgery and heart attack interruption. If you recognize the key symptoms of chest pain (fatigue, shortness of breath, tightness in chest, lightheadedness/dizziness, pain in the chest, jaw, or neck) (like to landing page of signs of a heart attack), be sure to go to the nearest emergency facility with a Chest Pain Center, such as Riverside Community Hospital.
If you or a loved one are having a stroke and are in need of emergency care, Riverside Community Hospital’s DNV-GL verified Comprehensive Stroke Center specializes in treating some of the most complex and severe conditions. In 2018, Riverside Community Hospital was proud to be recognized as the first hospital on the West Coast and the second in the nation by The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) as a certified Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC). This outstanding certification signifies that the hospital meets rigorous standards for performing mechanical endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a specialized surgical procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke. Also, we treat brain aneurysms that may be considered elective or life-threatening through an advanced procedure known as coiling or blood flow diversion.
Paramedic base station
As a Riverside County Paramedic Base Station, RCH is one of only six hospitals in the county which are permitted to issue instructions to the paramedics in the field. Specialty trained mobile intensive care nurses communicate with paramedics via radio to assess and prepare for patients before they arrive in the emergency department. Collaboration between the paramedics and the hospital ensure that patients get to the appropriate level of care they require. RCH receives more than 2,000 paramedic calls each month.
The emergency department can be reached directly at (951) 788-3000.
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.
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.|
The multidisciplinary stroke team of doctors and nurses at Riverside Community Hospital is equipped to identify stroke symptoms and treat as quickly as possible. Time is brain and it is imperative that a qualified medical professional evaluate any suspected stroke. 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.