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Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center

The Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in East Los Angeles is one of the nation’s largest public hospitals and the nation's largest medical training center. In one year, the hospital will treat close to 800,000 patients, deliver 10,000 babies, treat 250,000 people in its emergency room, treat about half of all AIDS and Sickle Cell patients in Southern California, and handle 5,000 outpatient visitors per day. As the largest single provider of health care in Los Angeles County, it provides more than 28 percent of the County's trauma care. Many of its patients are severely injured and almost half of them are poor and uninsured. It operates one of the three burn centers in Los Angeles County and one of the few Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Southern California. Its medical staff includes 450 full time faculty physicians, 900 interns and residents, and 1,500 other physicians. It is licensed for 1,395 beds and budgeted to staff 745 beds.

The original county hospital was built in 1878 and became affiliated with the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1885.  It then consisted of 100 beds, 47 patients, 6 staff members, and a $4,000 budget.  In 1930, the cornerstone for the current hospital building was laid and the hospital was completed in 1933.  The  long-running television soap opera General Hospital  featured the building in its opening scenes, making it probably the most recognizable hospital in the country.

In 1995, the hospital had more square feet than the Pentagon, 9,000 employees and an annual budget of $803 million.

 

The doctors of the staff give their services without charge in order that no citizens of the county shall be deprived of health or life for lack of such care and services.” -- Inscription above the entrance to L.A. County-USC Medical Center.

 

Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center
1200 North State Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 226-2622

 

 

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