About Loma Linda University Medical Center

Since its beginning in 1905, Loma Linda University Medical Center has been serving the worldwide community and is an international leader in infant heart transplantation and proton radiation therapy for cancer. The present 11-story Medical Center, along with the East Campus, Surgical Hospital, and Behavioral Medical Center, has nearly 900 beds available for patient care. Loma Linda University Medical Center is also a teaching hospital. It is among the largest private medical educational centers in the United States. Loma Linda University Medical Center comprises more than 23 acres of floor space, which includes a research wing. The laboratories here are used by researchers at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine--the second-largest private medical school in California. Most of the Medical Center's 550-physician staff are on the School of Medicine faculty.

Loma Linda University Medical Center serves 33,000 inpatients and 650,000 outpatients annually. Loma Linda University Medical Center has some of the leading clinical programs in the United States, including outpatient surgery and neonatal care. It is licensed for 72 neonatal intensive care beds for premature or sick babies and is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world.

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I do not speak English. How will I communicate with my physician at Loma Linda University Medical Center?

We will arrange for language interpretation for all of your medical appointments. In most cases, the interpreter will accompany you to your medical appointments, so that you can speak face-to-face with the physician and your interpreter.

What language should my medical records be in?

All of your medical records need to be in English. It is your responsibility to have your medical records translated by a medically certified translator. A copy of your medical records, as well as the translations, will be submitted to our physician specialist for review.

​Travel and Transportation

I need a visa to travel to the USA. Can you help me apply for my visa?

Once you are medically and financially cleared for treatment, we will prepare a letter of acceptance for treatment at Loma Linda University Medical Center. You will take this letter to the US Embassy and apply for the appropriate visa. Please feel free to notify the officers at the Embassy to contact us directly if they have any questions.

What international airport is the closest to Loma Linda?

The majority of our international patients arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Sometimes, patients traveling from other cities within the US or from Canada arrive at Ontario International Airport (ONT), which is only 20 minutes away from Loma Linda. Orange County (SNA) and Palm springs (PSP) are two other airport options.

Will I be met at the airport?

We can provide airport pick-up and drop-off service, once we have your flight information. We suggest that you use this service, especially if you've had a long international flight.

How will I get around Loma Linda?

Most patients rent a car during their stay; we can assist with the rental process. The medical center also operates a free shuttle service that connects our treatment facilities. Loma Linda is a small town and some of the housing options you will have are within walking distance to the medical center, grocery stores and banks.


Housing options include local hotels, single rooms, apartments and homes. We have a housing list that can be emailed to you so that you can choose from these options prior to coming to the U.S. Or, if you want to stay in a hotel for the first few nights, we can arrange to show you your housing options once you've arrived.


Do you accept international insurance?

International insurance is only accepted if the insurance company has a contract agreement with Loma Linda University Medical Center and/or Loma Linda University Health Care.

May I make payments to International Patient Services for my medical care?

Full payment is required before any medical service can be provided.

What is the cost for a particular treatment, such as proton beam therapy?

After you have been medically accepted, a proposed treatment plan will be made for you. Some treatment plans have a prepaid case rate which will be communicated to you. However, if your treatment plan is unique and/or complex, a customized deposit will need to be determined.

I am medically accepted and financially cleared, what happens next?

We will make the necessary medical appointment and provide a medical acceptance letter for obtaining visas, if necessary. After our nurse intake coordinator contacts you with your appointment schedule, you will need to book a flight. We can arrange for a driver to pick you up and take you to either a reserved hotel room or a pre-determined housing option.


How soon can I come for treatment to Loma Linda University Medical Center?

Depending on the type of treatment required, this process can take as little as two weeks. The process can be lengthened due to our physician's recommendations, your medical status, and/or scheduling availability.

How long will I have to stay for treatment?

This depends on your medical needs and your proposed treatment plan. Our nurse intake coordinator can answer this question after your medical records have been reviewed and your treatment has been determined.


I am coming for treatment and would like to bring someone with me. Is it possible for them to receive a check-up while in Loma Linda?

Yes. If a friend or a relative of yours would like to take advantage of our exceptional medical care, for example, a comprehensive heart screening for women through our International Heart Institute, we would be happy to schedule appointments and help in any way. Medical clearance may not be necessary depending on the service requested, but financial clearance will still be needed. Please let us know.

What is there to do when I am not going for treatments?

Many of our patients have time to explore and enjoy Southern California. They go to the beach, play golf, tour museums, shop and even go to Las Vegas for the weekend. You can find out more about the many attractions and places of interest in Southern California that are easily accessible here.