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Specialized Emergency Care

Rapid Medical Evaluation (RME)

No one wants to go to the Emergency Room, but sometimes life gets in the way, and you end up there whether you want to or not. Once there, you want fast treatment and an accurate diagnosis so you can either get back home or get into a hospital bed for admission. Rapid Medical Evaluation (RME) is a new program in our Emergency Department (ED) that assures you that a medical provider will assess your condition within minutes of arrival inside the ED. RME means less time waiting!

Because the ED provides care for critical situations and minor illnesses such as ankle sprains, colds and sore throats, the RME process quickly determines those needing immediate attention. With five ED areas and a 23-hour observation area on the 2nd floor, all types of emergencies can be managed. The ED staffs a minimum of two physicians and one physician assistant 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The staffing can increase to as many as eight physicians and physician assistants during busy times. We have a multi-specialty Physician call panel. Consultants from all specialties are on call to come to the ED when needed.

Paramedic Base Station

PVHMC is one of the Paramedic Base Stations in Los Angeles County that works to help coordinate the emergency caregivers in the community (Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, and fire personnel.) The Base Station is staffed by specially trained Mobile Intensive Care Nurses (MICN) who work via closed-circuit radio to coordinate care in the field (community) and to better prepare the ED staff for the imminent arrival of a critically ill or injured patient. This service is provided to the communities of Pomona, Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Diamond Bar and Walnut.

Disaster Resource Center (DRC)

As the DRC for the region, PVHMC is responsible for helping coordinate eight to ten hospitals in the event of a regional disaster or a disaster that involves more than one hospital. PVHMC has coordinated multiple drills and training sessions and the sharing of plans to bring together the community and our resources for disaster preparedness. PVHMC is one of 13 designated DRCs in Los Angeles County and is also a part of the National Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program (NBHPP).