Hospitals

UC San Diego Medical Center

One Place Is Ready.

UC San Diego Health System is widely recognized as one of the premier health care systems in the United States. We're the only academic health system in San Diego. It's the one place that can offer you and your family medical treatments not available elsewhere in the region. And we don't just treat disease – we treat you.

UC San Diego Health System was ranked among the nation's best hospitals in the 2012 issue of U.S. News & World Report, and number 1 in San Diego. We were honored as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country by Thomson Reuters in 2012 .

Our physicians – who number more than 850 – are acknowledged as leaders in their fields of medicine and surgery . In 2011, nearly 130 of our doctors were named by members of the San Diego County Medical Society as the best physicians in the region.

UC San Diego Health System is part of University of California, San Diego Health Sciences . In just over four decades, we have gained international recognition as the one place where discoveries are delivered – bringing breakthroughs from the research laboratory bench to our patients' bedsides.

Calling a Patient

  • To call a patient at any UC San Diego Health System hosptal, dial 858-657-7000 and ask for the patient by name.

Visiting a Patient

At UC San Diego Medical Center and UC San Diego Thornton Hospital:

Family and support person presence will be encouraged and maintained at the most liberal level commensurate with safe patient care practices and facility safety requirements.

  • Visitation will be individualized to meet family and patient needs, allowing each patient/surrogate decision-maker the right to identify who is important in being a part of their care and whom they would like present with them.
  • All staff will facilitate family/support persons presence and involvement in care as much as possible, orchestrating involvement in the safest possible manner for all involved.
  • If a family member or any other Medical Center guest becomes disruptive to the point where staff reasonably determine that the person's presence would endanger the health or safety anyone, they will use the available resources to maintain safety and security. Such resources include, but are not limited to, charge nurse, nurse
    manager, house supervisor, physician, pastoral care, social worker and/or security services.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be supervised and may never be left unattended.
  • To maintain the safety and welfare of all persons at UC San Diego Health System after hours, all guests who remain in or arrive at the medical center after 8:00 p.m. will be identified with an identification (ID) pass specific to the nursing unit where their loved-one is being cared for. The pass is effective for one night only. No one under 18 years of age may stay overnight (exception – newborn baby staying with mother).

Cellular Phone Restrictions

Cell phones can interfere with medical equipment and may not be used in patient care areas. Our staff will direct visitors to public telephones or areas where they may use cell phones.

Café

Visitors are welcome to dine in the café, located on the first floor of each hospital. Food and beverages may be taken out of the café in covered containers provided near the cashier stands. Meals are served at the following times:

  • UC San Diego Medical Center
    Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Lunch: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Late Meal: 11 p.m. - 2 a.m.
  • UC San Diego Thornton Hospital
    Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Late meal not available

Vending Machines

Food and beverage vending machines are located in the café and are accessible 24 hours a day. Beverages, ice cream, snacks, sandwiches, and meals ready for microwave reheating are available for your convenience.

Vending machines are also located in various waiting areas on each floor within the hospitals.

Meal Delivery

Guests are invited to enjoy a guest or gourmet meal delivered directly to the patient's room. There is a nominal fee for this service.

To request meal delivery, call the Support Service Call Center at 619-543-3255, or ext. 33255 from within the hospital.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

The ATM at the Hillcrest medical center is located on the first floor hallway by the Emergency Department.

At UC San Diego Thornton Hospital, the ATM machine is in the first floor lobby near the dining room.

Sending a Gift to a Patient

Reading materials, flowers, balloons, stamps, toiletries and gift items are all available at the gift shops located inside each hospital.

  • At UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest , the Gift Shop is located on the first floor near the Information Desk in the main lobby. Call 619-543-5926
  • At UC San Diego Thornton Hospital, La Jolla , the Gift Shop is located on the first floor, in the main lobby. Call 858-657-6583

To send a gift from outside the hospital, please put the patient's name along with the hospital's name and address on the package:

  • UC San Diego Thornton Hospital
    9300 Campus Point Drive
    La Jolla, CA 92037
  • UC San Diego Medical Center
    200 West Arbor Drive
    San Diego, CA 92103

Lodging Options

There is a variety of lodging options near both hospital locations. View more information on lodging near UC San Diego Health System .

UC San Diego Health System, along with UC San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences comprise UC San Diego Health Sciences, which over the past four decades has gained international recognition as a place where discoveries are delivered – bringing breakthroughs from the research lab bench to patients' bedsides.

UC San Diego Health System is San Diego's only academic health system and is composed of UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, and UC San Diego Thornton Hospital, Moores Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Jacobs Medical Center (opening in 2016) in La Jolla, as well as other primary and specialty practices of UC San Diego Medical Group located throughout southern California.

Our dedicated doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, social workers, technicians and countless others provide compassionate, patient-centered care every day to patients from around the corner and around the world.

Scripps Mercy Hospital

Founded in 1890, Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego's longest established and only Catholic medical center, with campuses in San Diego and Chula Vista. Scripps Mercy provides professional expertise, leading-edge technology — and a very special brand of care. Our commitment to quality patient care is based on the ethical and cultural precepts of the Catholic tradition, which inspire the role of spirituality in the healing process and the humanistic treatment we give to our patients and staff.

As San Diego's premier metropolitan medical center and teaching facility, Scripps Mercy is committed to providing safe and high quality care from a multidisciplinary patient care team – from physicians, nurses and clinical support staff to chaplains and volunteers. With 700 acute-care licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees and 1,300 physicians, we provide comprehensive care, from routine check-ups and primary care to a wide range of specialty services , including a Level 1 Trauma Center , 24-hour Emergency Services , Maternity Services , Heart Care Center , Bariatric Surgery Program, Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Program and services to our community .

Mercy style of care

To us, exceptional patient service is known as the “Mercy Style of Care.” Patients and their loved ones talk about a distinctive feeling at Scripps Mercy, something that distinguishes the hospital from other health care facilities. We believe that the mind, body and spirit each play an integral part in the healing process, and we care for our patients with that philosophy in mind.

Medical professionals also embrace the special environment at Scripps Mercy. Many of our physicians have been on staff for years, compiling an enviable record of longevity that underscores their dedication. For them, health care is not just a career but also a calling. Scripps Mercy's values are witnessed throughout the hospital, where physicians, nurses, employees and volunteers feel and demonstrate their pride by contributing to our mission.

Scripps Health

Scripps Mercy Hospital is proud to be part of the Scripps Health network, a distinguished leader that has been providing San Diego residents with acute health care for more than 80 years, with four hospitals, five campuses and over 2,500 affiliated physicians.

Services

Our wide range of medical services includes advanced technology, like robot-assisted surgery, and essential patient support, all delivered with the Mercy style of care: the unique way we treat patients in mind, body and spirit.

Most popular Services

Bariatric Surgery Program Behavioral Health (Mental Health) Our behavioral health professionals care for adult patients with psychiatric conditions, ranging from mild to severe cases.

Cancer Care Our experienced physicians, nurses and staff provide diagnostics, treatment and support for individuals with cancer.

Community Education and Outreach Our goal is to make a difference in the community through improved access to care, health improvement programs and education.

Emergency and Trauma The second busiest in the county, our Emergency Department is staffed by a team of experts who specialize in emergency care. Our Level I Trauma Center is the busiest in the county, treating more than 2,100 trauma patients annually.

Heart Care The Heart Care Center comprises an extraordinary team of experts in every area of heart care, from preventive and diagnostic.

Imaging Our imaging services offers technologically advanced capabilities, including CT scanning, X-rays, nuclear medicine.

Maternal and Child Health (Maternity Services) We offer specialized care for mothers-to-be and their babies with family-centered prenatal, antenatal and postnatal care.

Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Our state-of-the-art program offers patients reduced pain, shorter hospitalization, less scarring and quicker recovery.

Neurosciences We offer the complete spectrum of spinal surgical treatments - from minimally invasive to full reconstructive surgical.

Orthopedics and Spine (Bone, Joint, and Spine) Our orthopedic services encompasses many specialty areas, such as foot and ankle; hand and wrist; hip, leg and knee.

 

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