About UC San Diego Health System

UC San Diego Health System, in operation since 1966, is the region’s only academic health system. It comprises two hospitals (in Hillcrest and La Jolla) and three specialty centers:

  • Moores Cancer Center, the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center;
  • Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, combining all heart and vascular-related services under one roof; and
  • Shiley Eye Center, offering everything from basic eye exams to the most advanced diagnostic tests and sophisticated surgery.

Our other distinctive programs and services include:

  • The area’s only Regional Burn Center, which covers San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties and portions of Arizona
  • The region’s first Level I Trauma Center
  • The only regional Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit within a birthing facility
  • The area’s only hospital-based Birth Center
  • The Owen Clinic, one of America’s top HIV care programs
  • Anne and Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center, the region’s only dedicated eye facility to meet the special needs of children.

UC San Diego Health System was ranked first in San Diego in U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever Best Hospitals metro rankings in 2011. This prestigious ranking recognizes UC San Diego Health System as a leader in delivering groundbreaking health care to Southern California. Our physicians are consistently named by their peers at the San Diego County Medical Society as “Top Doctors” in San Diego Magazine’s “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” annual survey.

Serving the San Diego Region and Beyond

Academic medicine by definition has three missions:

  • to teach the next generation of health care providers and researchers;
  • to conduct research in biomedical science; and
  • to provide patient care that includes state-of-the-art treatments and care for the underserved.

As the only academic health system in the region, UC San Diego serves approximately 21,000 inpatients and 540,000 outpatients annually at two medical center campuses. Both of our medical center sites, in Hillcrest and in La Jolla, are critical resources that have a tremendous impact on the health of San Diegans and our region.

Growing with Our Community

Our two hospitals operate under one license, with a combined licensed capacity of 552 beds. Our Hillcrest facility faces aging infrastructure issues and thus requires ongoing investment, while Thornton Hospital in La Jolla frequently operates at capacity.

The Jacobs Medical Center will accommodate our increasing need for clinical space and modernization. The state-of-the-art facility will be the largest component of UC San Diego Health System La Jolla Campus, and will provide efficiencies of scale and geographical localization for specialized patient care.