St. Francis Medical Center (Lynwood)

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St. Francis Medical Center
Daughters of Charity Health System
Location Lynwood, California, United States
Care system Private
Hospital type Community
Affiliated university None
Emergency department Level II trauma center
Beds 384
Founded 1945
Lists Hospitals in California

St. Francis Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital in Lynwood, California, USA.


The hospital was founded in 1945 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity and in 1981 acquired by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.[1][2] In January 1996, the hospital's emergency department was designated a level II trauma center.[3]

After the August 2007 closure of the troubled nearby public hospital, Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital (King-Harbor), St. Francis' proximity caused it to receive the greater number of former patients. The hospital has since expanded its emergency room by 14 beds and seen an increase in patients to 180 per day (from 155), with the intensive care unit seeing an average rise from 26 patients to 33. As King-Harbor was long a major hospital for the city's sickest and poorest residents, the increase in uninsured and under-insured patients has put stress on the finances of the facility.[4]

Area Covered for the Paramedics[edit]

St. Francis Medical Center has Paramedic covered areas for the Fire Department.


  1. ^ "Facts about St. Francis Medical Center". Retrieved 2007-05-03. [dead link]
  2. ^ "History of St. Francis Medical Center". Retrieved 2007-05-03. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Trauma Centers in California" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-04-15. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
  4. ^ Jennifer Steinhauser, A City Where Hospitals Are as Ill as the Patients, The New York Times, June 5, 2008, Accessed June 6, 2008.

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