Emergency services are available 24 hours a day in Hillcrest or La Jolla.
Medical Center Emergency Department offers comprehensive emergency care and operates the region's first Level I Trauma Center, which responds to the highest level of critical injury. The hospital has immediate availability of all major medical specialties, including a certified comprehensive stroke center, a labor and delivery unit, and Level III NICU.
La Jolla Emergency Department in the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center offers a broad range of acute care as well as specialty consultation. The hospital includes a dedicated heart center and a certified primary stroke center.
The Emergency Department is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians trained in one or more specialties. A full-time attending physician is present 24 hours a day.
Inside the Hillcrest Emergency Room
Learn more about the comprehensive care and specialty services available in the Emergency Department, and see what the process is like for patients at the Medical Center in Hillcrest, from sign-in to discharge.
Emergency Department Care and Costs
As of July 1, 2012, urgent care at UC San Diego Health System is no longer an option. Fast track care for minor injuries and illnesses is offered daily via the emergency department from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at both the Sulpzio Cardiovascular Center in La Jolla and the Medical Center in Hillcrest, and is a means of expediting care only. Fast track care is considered an emergency room visit by health insurers, your co-pay and deductible will be based on ED fees and your specific insurance policy. Read more about fees for care in the Emergency Department.
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 you health plan concerning payment.
- Disaster Medicine: UC San Diego coordinates the city's Emergency Medical Services activities and provides medical direction for Mercy Air.
- Hyperbaric Medicine: Our multiplace chamber in Hillcrest is the only facility in over three counties and Mexico that offers emergency hyperbaric consultation and treatment 24/7.
- Toxicology: We provide medical direction to the San Diego regional poison center and run an in-patient toxicology consult service.
Emergency Medicine Specialists
Congratulations to these physicians on being named Top Doctors in Emergency Medicine in San Diego Magazine's annual survey.