Acute Care Facility

An acute care facility is a health facility having a duly constituted governing body with overall administrative and professional responsibility, and an organized medical staff that provides 24-hour inpatient care, including the following basic services:  Medical, nursing, surgical, anesthesia, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, and dietary services.

Department of Public Health's Center for Health Care Quality (CHCQ), which 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 3st1 of each year.