Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

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Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (logo).png
Image of ARMC hospital in October 2013.
The hospital in October, 2013.
Location 400 North Pepper Avenue, 92324-1819, Colton, California, United States[1]
Care system Private, Medicaid, Medicare
Hospital type Teaching[2]
Affiliated university California State University, San Bernardino,
University of California, Irvine,
Western University of Health Sciences,
Loma Linda University,
Crafton Hills College,
Touro University California
Emergency department II
Beds 456[3]
Founded 1999

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) is a teaching hospital located in Colton, California within Southern California's Inland Empire. ARMC is owned and operated by the County of San Bernardino,[4] The emergency room at ARMC is the second busiest emergency room in the state of California.[4][5] The hospital operates ten different residency training programs. ARMC uses the electronic health record MEDITECH.[6]

In the most recent year with available data, the hospital had 24,441 admissions, performed 6,483 inpatient and 5,367 outpatient surgeries, and 254,000 outpatient visits.[4][5] Arrowhead Regional Medical Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program,[4][7] the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,[5] and is certified by the American College of Surgeons as a level II trauma center.[5][8]


ARMC is a certified stroke center, and was the first certified stroke center in San Bernardino County.[9] The emergency room at ARMC has more than 130,461 visits annually, making it the second busiest emergency room in the state of California.[4][5] The hospital provides the only burn center for San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and Mono counties. Image Guided Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy is offered as part of the Medical Imaging Department.


The medical office building of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

ARMC is a 456-bed county hospital. Ninety of the total 456 hospital beds are behavioral health and 366 are hospital inpatient beds. The hospital building is located nine miles from the San Andreas and two miles from the San Jacinto active fault lines, the new center is designed to remain self-sufficient for a minimum of three days after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake.[11][12] The facility uses a combination of elastomeric base isolators and hydraulic viscous dampers (similar to those used in an MX missile silo) to absorb the energy generated during a seismic event and to protect the building's structural integrity.[13]

The emergency department is a level II trauma center and consists of 15 observation rooms, 8 treatment rooms, 8 trauma rooms, and 3 law enforcement rooms. The hospital has a helicopter landing area, which is equipped to accommodate medivac and military helicopters. There is an outpatient building on the ARMC campus, which houses 109 examination rooms and 8 procedure rooms.

The Arrowhead Regional Medical Center is the first facility in the U.S. to use filmless radiology hospital-wide. This system makes digital images, which are instantly available for viewing at multiple stations throughout the facility for faster and more accurate diagnosis.

Graduate medical education[edit]

Arrowhead operates ten residency programs that train newly graduated physicians[14] in specialties such as family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology,[15] obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, geriatrics, and psychiatry. The internal medicine residency program was started in 2005.[16]


  1. ^ "Arrowhead Regional Medical Center". Consumer Reports. 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Arrowhead Regional Medical Center". California Healthcare Atlas. State of California. 
  3. ^ "Patient Services". Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. San Bernardino County. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Arrowhead Regional Medical Center". US News & World Report. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Department of Health Care Services (2011). "Arrowhead Regional Medical Center's DSRIP" (PDF). State of California. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Meditech Hospitals". Meditech. 
  7. ^ "Acute Care Hospitals". Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "EMPA Fellowship at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center". CEP America. 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Steinberg, Jim (2 September 2013). "ARMC's new imaging device evaluates organ performance". The Sun. 
  10. ^ California Department of Health Care Services (2013). "Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton". State of California. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "ARROWHEAD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER: 2010-11 Business Plan" (PDF). San Bernardino County. 
  12. ^ Marsh, Barbara (September 14, 1998). "Hospital Puts Safety First--Seismic Safety, That Is". The Los Angeles Times. 
  13. ^ "About Arrowhead Regional Medical Center". Tradeline, Inc. 1 September 1999. Retrieved 7 May 2007. 
  14. ^ "Arrowhead Regional Medical Center". America's Essential Hospitals. 
  15. ^ "Osteopathic Ophthalmology Residencies" (PDF). American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Retrieved May 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  16. ^ "About us". Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Internal Medicine. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 

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Coordinates: 34°04′26″N 117°21′04″W / 34.073889°N 117.351111°W / 34.073889; -117.351111