Acute Care Facility

An acute care facility is a health facility administered by a governing body. This group has the responsibility of overseeing the administrative tasks and medical staff that provides 24-hour inpatient care. The facility provides basic services of medical, nursing, surgical, anesthesia, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, and dietary services.

The oversight of acute care facilities fall to the California Department of Public Health's Center for Health Care Quality (CHCQ). It is responsible for the regulatory oversight of health facilities to secure safe, effective, and quality health care for all Californians.

CHCQ evaluates health care facilities for compliance with state laws and regulations, and also investigates complaints and ensures health facilities' compliance with federal laws and regulations.

Complaints about an acute care facility can be made to the California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Division, through their website at

All licensed acute care facilities are listed on the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development's website, This list is updated as of June 30th and December 31st of each year.