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Main lobby of Georgia Street Receiving Hospital
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Central Receiving Hospital, founded in 1868, was Los Angeles' first public hospital providing emergency care and paramedic services to the people of the city for more than a century. Throughout its years in operation, the hospital has had five homes: the first Central Receiving Hospital opened at Chávez Ravine (in 1868) as a hospice for victims of pestilence, especially smallpox, but eventually admitted victims of other contagious diseases as well. In the 1880s it transferred to the back of the downtown Central Police Station and served as a two-room emergency first-aid unit. In 1896, a "new" Central Police Station and Receiving Hospital (now in its third location) opened on the south side of 1st Street, between Broadway and Hill streets. In 1927 the hospital was transferred once again, this time a few miles away, relocating on the third floor of the Georgia Street Police Station, where it served as the city's central emergency hospital for 30 years and housed the Police Department unit for approximately 70 years. The three-story brick-faced structure was located at 1337 Georgia Street. And finally in 1957, Central Receiving Hospital opened for a fifth, and last time, in a new location on west 6th Street and Loma Drive at a cost of $1.5 million. In its 102 years of operation, the most famous patient ever treated at Central Receiving Hospital was Robert F. Kennedy, who arrived by ambulance in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 after being shot at the nearby Ambassador Hotel - where he had just won the California presidential primary. When Kennedy arrived at the hospital he was near death, but doctors were able to obtain a good heartbeat and after about 30 minutes, was transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital for surgery. Tragically, despite extensive neurosurgery, Robert F. Kennedy succumbed to his gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital the following morning, June 6, 1968 at 1:44 am, nearly 26 hours after the shooting. Central Receiving Hospital closed its doors to the public in 1970, though the Police Department continued to use the building offering physical and psychological exams to police officers and firefighters. The building was eventually demolished (in 2005) to make way for the Los Angeles Police Department's new $29-million Rampart Station.
Activites in the main lobby of Georgia Street Receiving Hospital, centers around a single desk where nurses answer phone calls and make out reports, officers interview accident victims or witnesses and visitors ask for information. Dr. Sebastian reported that there are only 29 beds at the hospital and of these, 13 are in constant use by policemen and firemen injured or taken ill in the line of duty. Photo dated: January 27, 1951.
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Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 255
Central Receiving Hospital (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hospitals--California--Los Angeles
Police--California--Los Angeles
Interiors--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Evening Herald Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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