Here for you, 24/7

24/7 Emergency Care

At Mountains Community Hospital, our 24/7 Emergency Department (ED) is here for your immediate medical care needs. Conveniently located in Lake Arrowhead, we are staffed with highly experienced physicians and nurses, so you don’t need to drive down the mountain when emergency care is needed.

Our ED is supported by 24-hour X-ray, CT scans, laboratory, and respiratory therapy services. We manage all types of major and minor emergencies. Walk-ins are welcome – appointments are not necessary. Our 24/7 ED services include:

  • Emergency Services, 365 Days Per Year
  • X-Ray and CT Scans
  • Laboratory & Respiratory Therapy Services
  • Short Wait Times
  • Helipad Access – Transportation Services for Life-threatening or Critical Patients

For life-threatening concerns, please call 911 for transport by ambulance. In the event of an extremely time-sensitive emergency, transport by ambulance or helicopter to area hospitals is available. For non-emergent care, please visit our Rural Health Clinics, located in Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.


Our FAA licensed helipad helps emergency medical staff treat the most time-sensitive emergencies and provides efficient transport in and out of the hospital. If a patient’s condition requires specialized services that are offered at another facility, the helipad ensures the fastest possible access to care, bringing the best specialty centers in Southern California within minutes, instead of hours.

Inpatient Acute Care and Post-Acute Care

Inpatient Acute Care

Our 17-bed Medical/Surgical Department offers a variety of inpatient services. The population served ranges from pediatrics to geriatrics. We care for children with acute illnesses and adults with various diagnoses including telemetry for appropriate admissions, post-operative orthopedic surgical care including rehabilitation services for orthopedic procedures performed at our hospital or facilities off the mountain. Rehabilitation is also available for patients that need strengthening from debilitating medical illnesses.

Post-Acute Care Program

When you need a little extra care following an acute hospital stay due to illness, injury or surgery, the MCH Post-Acute Care Program is here for you. We provide a specialized program of care during your rehabilitation and recovery period that is designed to strengthen your ability to care for yourself at home.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services permits MCH to offer a Post-Acute Care Program because of its Critical Access Hospital status. The Post-Acute Care Program allows MCH to use its beds to provide post-hospital rehabilitation and skilled nursing care for an extended period of time – typically up to 21 days, but possibly longer if you need more care.

Our healthcare team of outstanding physicians, nurses, therapists, dietitians, social workers, discharge planners, and case managers will work with you to set personal health goals and to develop an individualized plan of care to meet those goals.

A 3-day, consecutive stay at any acute care hospital is required within 30 days of your post-acute care admission and you must qualify for a continued skilled nursing or rehabilitation need. Post acute care is often covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal, and many private insurance companies.

Rehabilitative and skilled nursing services provided include:

  • IV therapy

  • Skin and wound care

  • Physical therapy

  • Occupational therapy

  • Speech therapy

  • Respiratory therapy

  • Medication management

  • Nutrition management

  • Sterile dressing changes

Contact Us:
Case Management Department
Phone: (909) 336-3651 ext. 3265

Nutrition Services

Our registered dietician, Delacey Foster (right), ensures that each of our patients receives the best nutritional care. Services include:

  • Customized eating plans tailored to the patient’s needs

  • Preventative and medical nutrition therapy

  • Therapeutic meals

  • Provides hot meals for Meals on Wheels recipients

Delacey Foster, Registered Dietician