In Los Angeles, Where Do All The Sick People Go?

Sunday, September 20, 2009 |

Many people are surprised to learn that on average, 551 people are transported each day to hospitals in Los Angeles Fire Department ambulances.

And since you might also have wondered; the average transport time to a hospital via LAFD ambulance is a mere 8 minutes and 16 seconds. Please remember: not all patients are destined for the closest facility nor does every transport require the use of emergency lights and siren.

So where do all the patients go?

For April, May and June 2009, here are the Top 20 Hospital destinations for LAFD Ambulances...

1. California Hospital Medical Center - 51 transports per day
2. LAC / USC Medical Center - 38 transports per day
3. Centinela Hospital Medical Center - 30 transports per day
4. Good Samaritan Hospital - 30 transports per day
5. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - 23 transports per day
6. Northridge Hospital Medical Center - 22 transports per day
7. Queen of Angels / Hollywood Presbyterian - 21 transports per day
8. Valley Presbyterian Hospital - 17 transports per day
9. Kaiser West Los Angeles - 17 transports per day
10. Olympia Medical Center - 17 transports per day
11. Providence Holy Cross - 16 transports per day
12. Providence St. Joseph - 16 transports per day
13. West Hills Medical Center - 16 transports per day
14. Sherman Oaks Community - 15 transports per day
15. Harbor/UCLA Medical Center - 15 transports per day
16. Kaiser Panorama City - 14 transports per day
17. Providence Tarzana - 13 transports per day
18. Marina del Rey Hospital - 12 transports per day
19. Kaiser Woodland Hills - 11 transports per day
20. Brotman Medical Center - 11 transports per day

As you can see, members of the LAFD not only need to know the exact locations of the 106 Neighborhood Fire Stations across our 470 square-mile jurisdiction, but also the quickest routes - day and night - to dozens of hospitals in the Greater Los Angeles area.

You can help them in their quest by yielding promptly and safely for Fire Department vehicles traveling with their emergency lights and siren activated.

Better yet, you and your family can strive to be safe and healthy in your everyday life, limiting your likelihood of needing the world-class pre-hospital care provided by Los Angeles Firefighters.

And finally... we'd like to remind you that there is no need to be ill or injured to explore the inside of an LAFD ambulance. Simply stop by your Neighborhood Fire Station for a visit!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

I'm extraordinarily surprised that Kaiser Sunset did not make the list, especially what with being right there in Hollywood.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 3:18, our list rounds numbers to the closest whole. The Kaiser Los Angeles (Sunset) Medical Center ranks #21 on the roster, with an average of 11 ambulance transports from the LAFD each day.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

luke_31 said...

Sherman Oaks hospital suprised me the most, its not that big a hospital.

Greg Friese said...

This is a fantastic example of how an emergency response organization can use Social Media to connect with its community, share information, invite participation, and share data. Thanks for this example.

What is the high and low for the transport time data? What percentage of transports were red lights and sirens?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mr. Friese, thank you for your most generous words of kindness. Though the raw LAFD dataset is immense (compared with my data handling skill), I will attempt to extract the information you mention when time permits. It should be interesting to find and fun to share!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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