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The only trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley is fast closing on Phase I of its 4-Phase Emergency Department expansion. The Huntington Memorial Hospital Emergency & Trauma Center, located in Pasadena, California, is also one of the remaining full service emergency departments in the region. In 2010 alone, the hospital, originally built (in the 1970s) to serve 30,000 patients annually, now sees over 61,000 today in the ED. When a nearby community hospital closed, “Around 14% of their volume came to Huntington Memorial,” says Jeanette Abundis, Executive Director of the hospital’s Emergency & Trauma Services. The expansion portion of the ED should be complete by year-end, with the old section renovation completion scheduled for 2013. At that point, the new ED will be able to handle between 85-90,000 patients annually.