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Institutional Overview and Fact Sheets

As an academic medical center, UC San Diego Health has a three-part mission of clinical, research and teaching excellence.

Learn more about our core activities, hospitals and centers, history and awards:

UC Health

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 adult 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.

UC San Diego Health offers primary, urgent and express care at clinics conveniently located throughout the region. 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.


To deliver outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching.


To create a healthier world — one life at a time — through new science, new medicine and new cures.

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