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Institutional Overview and Fact Sheets
UC San Diego Health is dedicated to the highest quality patient-centered primary and specialty care. We are the region's only academic medical center and have a tripartite mission of clinical, research and teaching excellence. We offer subspecialty expertise and innovation to patients whose medical issues go beyond the scope of traditional community hospitals.
For information about our facilities, regional services, affiliations, awards and history, see the following resources:
UC San Diego Health is one of five academic medical centers within the 10-campus University of California system. Collectively known as UC Health , these medical centers comprise the fourth largest health care delivery system in California and train nearly 50 percent of the state's medical students and medical residents.
As part of a public trust organization, UC Health serves as a safety net for individuals in need. Nearly 60 percent of UC patients are covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal or lack health insurance.
UC San Diego Health
To fulfill our mission, UC San Diego Health currently maintains a regional strategy, integrating research, teaching and clinical care at locations in Hillcrest and La Jolla. Each medical complex supports acute in-patient care and a spectrum of outpatient primary and specialty medical and surgical services, including emergency patient care. Ambulatory clinics located throughout the county further help us to deliver care to the entire region.
Our three hospitals operate under one license with a current combined capacity of 808 beds: UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest (390 beds), Jacobs Medical Center (364 beds) and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center (54 beds).
UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, established in 1966, currently serves as a core clinical teaching site for UC San Diego School of Medicine and the focal point for community service programs. It houses several specialty care centers that allow the urban campus to serve as a major tertiary and quaternary referral center for San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties. These care centers include the area's only Regional Burn Center, and one of only two Level I Trauma Centers in the county. The campus is also home to the Owen Clinic, among the nation's top HIV care programs.
The La Jolla campus, located on the eastern portion of the main campus, is home to Jacobs Medical Center, which opened in 2016, and Moores Cancer Center, the primary site for outpatient oncology care and the region's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Care Center, with nearly 350 medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons and researchers. The La Jolla campus also includes Shiley Eye Institute, a multi-specialty vision center with the region's only facility dedicated to children, as well as Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the region's first comprehensive cardiovascular center and the global leader in pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), an operation for removing blood clots from the pulmonary arteries to treat chronic pulmonary hypertension. The PTE operation was first performed at UC San Diego Health and is now systematically employed at select health care centers around the world. In April 2018, the Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion opened to patient care, expanding our services in orthopedics, urology, breast health, advanced imaging, rehab and outpatient surgeries.
Ambulatory care is provided at both campuses, as well as in the surrounding communities of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Kearny Mesa, Scripps Ranch and Vista, where we maintain clinics and service locations. Our physicians also provide care to patients at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego and Veteran Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and we maintain partnerships with other medical providers to offer to services as diverse as proton therapy for cancer to at-home hospice care. These combined sites and partnerships enable UC San Diego Health offer highly specialized services and a continuum of care that can heal and comfort our patients.
Our emergency care locations in Hillcrest and La Jolla are staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians trained in one or more specialties. A full-time attending physician is present 24 hours a day.
Emergency Department Care and Costs
The Emergency Department's policy is that all patients receive a physical examination by a doctor prior to any contact with the patient's insurer or primary care physician. This ensures you will receive the most appropriate care regardless of your ability to pay or the decision of your health plan concerning payment.
Why You May Receive More Than One Bill
If you receive multiple bills, they will be for different parts of your emergency room visit. You will receive a bill for services provided by the Emergency Department doctor. You may also receive a bill from the UC San Diego Health for hospital services, such as nursing, lab tests and radiology.
There may be additional bills for services provided by other specialty physicians involved in your care.
Questions regarding billing?
For bills from UC San Diego Emergency Physician's Group, call 1-866-679-7477.
For bills from UC San Diego Health, call 855-827-3633
A family doctor is a primary care physician who can care for the entire family, from an infant to a senior.
Famil y medicine at UC San Diego Health is based on personal relationships and a model of care that puts our patients first.
By emphasizing communication, shared decision-making, accessibility and continuity of care, your family doctor's office can become your medical home, where all aspects of care can be coordinated in a warm, welcoming and familiar environment.
In many ways, our approach to family medicine re-establishes the traditional importance of the family doctor, but within the modern context of a highly advanced, complex medical system.
To deliver the highest quality of care, we offer services that help simplify and clarify each person's path for health and well-being. These services include:
- Helping you obtain appointments to see medical specialists
- Reviewing test results and notes from appointments with specialists or diagnostic and laboratory results with you
- Charting a strategy with you for managing a chronic condition, "getting to the bottom" of an unresolved health concern or staying the course to maintain good health
- Helping you keep current with routine examinations, immunizations and screening
- Encouraging patient education and involvement in their care
- Ensuring that patients have timely access to physicians and may communicate with medical professionals through the secure online tool MyUCSDChart , or by phone
Other Services Offered through Family Medicine
Obstetric and Gynecological Care
Whether you are an aging jock, weekend warrior or competitive athlete, our sports medicine physicians are available to address and treat your musculoskeletal and orthopedic problems, and keep you training.
Shared Medical Appointments
For patients with certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes, we offer small group appointments to help individuals collectively work toward better management of their health issue.
Chronic Care Management
If desired, we will assemble a multidisciplinary team of health professionals to develop a strategy for managing a chronic condition. Patients also learn to play a more proactive role in managing their health.
Pharmacy Medication Management
Individuals with complex medication regimes, difficulties with medication side effects, medication costs or trouble administering their medications as prescribed can obtain assistance through our pharmacy medication management services, a partnership with Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine.
We offer therapy for common mental health concerns and can help individuals modify behaviors to improve their health.