Torrance Memorial Medical Center

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Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Torrance Memorial Medical Center's Lundquist Tower.jpg
The Torrance Memorial Medical Center's Melanie and Richard Lundquist Tower which opened in 2015.
Location3330 Lomita Blvd, California 90505, Torrance, California, USA
Coordinates33°48′43″N 118°20′35″W / 33.812°N 118.343°W / 33.812; -118.343Coordinates: 33°48′43″N 118°20′35″W / 33.812°N 118.343°W / 33.812; -118.343
Care systemPrivate
Hospital typeCommunity

Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a private hospital located in Torrance, California. Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a Magnet designated facility recognized by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Torrance Memorial was the first hospital in the Los Angeles South Bay region, and is currently one of just three burn centers in Los Angeles County.


Torrance Memorial was founded by the estate of Jared Sidney Torrance in 1925.[1] Throughout the Great Depression, the hospital operated as a non-profit, providing essential care services to the South Bay area. During this time, the hospital was primarily sustained by Mr. Torrance’s wife, Helena Childs Torrance, who donated hospital equipment, supplies, and funds.

Over the first decade of operation, Torrance Memorial staff provided care to 10,711 patients and delivered 1,701 babies. In 1947, an additional wing was added to the hospital, along with 23 more beds, all of which were immediately occupied; that same year, Torrance Memorial was rated Class A by the American College of Surgeons, becoming the first of its kind in the region. Torrance Memorial was a local leader in the uniform revolt, allowing nurses to wear colored pantsuits as uniforms, rather than the traditional white dress.

In 1967, Torrance Memorial merged with the smaller Riviera Community Hospital; the hospital moved to its current site (adjacent to Zamperini Field, the Torrance municipal airport) in 1971. In 1973, the hospital opened a laminar airflow room, which was a new technology that provided high-level sterility for surgical procedures, including open-heart surgery, hip replacements, and neurosurgical procedures. Torrance Memorial was the first hospital in the South Bay to provide ultrasound technology to patients and opened South Bay's first blood donor center.

In the 1980s, the hospital began operating as a base station for Los Angeles County paramedics, acquired a CT scanner, and installed the area's first in-house MRI machine. An Intensive Care Newborn Nursery was opened in 1986, with 12 beds for special medical care and nursing for infants. In 1989, Torrance Memorial installed a computer system called SIDNe, which gave staff an easier method of tracking patient information.

Throughout the '90s, Torrance Memorial was recognized by numerous performance awards, including selection as a "Top 100 Hospital." The effort to define the hospital's values culminated in a handbook, published in 1996. The Media Service Department began producing a half-hour informational television show, HealthBeat, on local cable channels in 1998. In 2000, Torrance Memorial once again showed its innovation, this time leading the region in molecular imaging technology by installing a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner to map cancer and heart conditions.

In May 2017, it was announced that Torrance Memorial Medical Center along with the Marina Del Rey Hospital will formally affiliate with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center under the new parent organization, Cedars-Sinai Health System; each hospital will continue to operate separately and will retain their respective board of directors.[2]

Awards & Accreditations[edit]

Departments & Facilities[edit]

Emergency Department[edit]

The Melanie and Richard Lundquist Emergency Department provides emergency medical care to nearly 7,000 patients every month; the department includes a trauma room, a decontamination unit, an isolated pediatric room, private rooms for women in need of emergency OB/GYN care, and a room equipped for ears, nose, and throat care. Additionally, the emergency department is a designated primary stroke center, STEMI (heart attack) receiving center, and L.A. County paramedic base station; the L.A. County Department of Health Services has also designated Torrance Memorial as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP).


The Torrance Memorial network includes four OB/GYN facilities in Carson, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and San Pedro.


Torrance Memorial Medical Center provides a wide range of services for children in need of medical care, including 20 pediatric beds and overnight accommodations for parents. All rooms are equipped with TVs, and the hospital provides a play area, operative educational services, round-the-clock pediatricians and nurses, and Play-Stations upon request; the medical center also hosts a pediatric burn center and emergency services.

Urgent Care[edit]

Torrance Memorial has two urgent care centers which provide medical care without appointments to patients of all ages. Located in Torrance and Manhattan Beach, the centers accept most health plans and treat medical conditions that require immediate attention, including fevers, sprains, and more.

Breast Diagnostic Centers[edit]

Recognized by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, The Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Breast Diagnostic Center demonstrates high standards in mammography, ultrasound, and breast biopsies. Founded in 1986, the center provides advanced diagnostic procedures and health navigation assistance.

Home Health and Hospice[edit]

The medical center offers palliative care options for patients and their families; the Hospice center offers end-of-life services and respects a patient's and family's ability to make independent, dignified, and personal choices regarding their care. Its services include psychological and spiritual support programs, homemaker services, speech & physical therapy, bereavement support, respite care for caregivers, and more. Regular visits by nurses, managerial services by a team of physicians, and 24-hour on-call help is available.

Primary Care[edit]

Through a network of physicians in the South Bay area, Torrance Memorial offers family medicine and primary care services at seven locations; this includes three facilities in Torrance, two in Manhattan Beach, and one in Hermosa Beach and Carson.

Area Covered for the Paramedics[edit]

The medical center has provided medical control for the paramedic units.

Hospital rating data[edit]

The HealthGrades website contains the clinical quality data for Torrance Memorial Medical Center, as of 2016. For this rating section three different types of data from HealthGrades are presented: clinical quality ratings for thirty-one inpatient conditions and procedures, thirteen patient safety indicators and the percentage of patients giving the hospital a 10 (the highest possible rating).

For inpatient conditions and procedures, there are three possible ratings: worse than expected, as expected, better than expected. For this hospital the data for this category is:

  • Worse than expected - 1
  • As expected - 27
  • Better than expected - 3

For patient safety indicators, there are the same three possible ratings. For this hospital safety indicators were rated as:

  • Worse than expected - 1
  • As expected - 9
  • Better than expected - 3

Percentage of patients rating this hospital as a 10 - 81% Percentage of patients who on average rank hospitals as a 10 - 70%[3]


  1. ^ "History | Hospital & Healthcare Center in Torrance". Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  2. ^ "Torrance Memorial, Cedars-Sinai medical centers will affiliate". 10 May 2017.
  3. ^ HealthGrades website, .

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