Mountains Community Hospital (MCH) provides high quality, lifesaving healthcare to the residents and visitors of the San Bernardino Mountains, one of the most densely populated mountain areas in the United States, and the most densely populated urban forest west of the Mississippi River. From Crestline to Green Valley Lake, this small mountain hospital serves a population of 26,000 people. If you take into account the influx of seasonal visitors and part-time residents, the number sometimes doubles!
Despite its small size, MCH is a full service hospital with a 24/7 emergency department, 20-bed long-term care unit, 17-bed medical/surgical unit, full laboratory and radiology services, two surgical suites, physical therapy and rehabilitation office, dental clinic, and two health clinics located in Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.
Critical Access Hospital Serving the San Bernardino Mountains
Critical Access Hospital (CAH) is a designation given to certain rural hospitals by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). This designation was created by Congress in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act in response to a string of hospital closures in the 1980s and early 1990s.
The CAH designation is designed to reduce the financial vulnerability of rural hospitals and improve access to healthcare by keeping essential services in rural communities. This is accomplished through cost-based Medicare reimbursement.
To ensure that CAHs deliver services to improve access to rural areas that need it most, restrictions exist concerning what types of hospital are eligible to the CAH designation. The primary eligibility requirements for CAHs are:
A CAH must have 25 or fewer acute care inpatient beds.
It must be located more than a 35-mile drive (or, in the case of mountainous terrain, a 15-mile drive) from a hospital or another CAH.
It must maintain an annual average length of stay of 96 hours or less for acute care patients.
Emergency care services must be available 24/7.
Joint Commission Accreditation
MCH is proud of its Joint Commission accreditation. Only 27% of Critical Access Hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission. This shows that MCH is in compliance with regulatory standards and that we meet the highest standards of quality and safety.
Mountains Community Hospital is located in the beautiful resort community of Lake Arrowhead, California, often called the “Jewel of Southern California.” Lake Arrowhead and the surrounding San Bernardino Mountain communities, offer year-round activities such as snow and water skiing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and more. It is less than 90 miles from Los Angeles, the beaches of Orange County and the desert, including Joshua Tree. Living and working in a vacation destination, with four seasons, clean air, quiet, and plenty of outdoor activities – what more could you ask for?
We are always seeking experienced and talented professionals to join our healthcare team. We offer competitive compensation and benefits. To learn more, please contact Julie Atwood, Director of Human Resources. If you don’t see a position that you are interested in, but would like us to keep your application on file, please click here.
As required by California Department of Public Health orders, effective September 30, 2021, Mountains Community Hospital requires all employees to be fully vaccinated upon hire. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from being vaccinated.