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Inpatient Transfer Services

UC San Diego Health is widely recognized as one of the premier health care systems in the U.S. As the only academic health system in San Diego, we offer your patients medical treatments not available elsewhere in the region.

Easy Transfer Process

We provide a single-call solution for referring physicians and their staff to transfer patients to UC San Diego Health from another health care facility. Open 24/7 and staffed by a registered nurse, our Transfer Center establishes and maintains communications with referring facilities and staff throughout the patient transfer process.

To start the transfer process, a hospital representative or physician can either call us or fax a transfer request form:

  • Phone: Call the Transfer Center at 619-471-3868 to express interest in transferring a patient to UC San Diego Health. The Transfer Center will work with the referring facility to access the following information:
    • Clinical presentation, obtained via a detailed clinical screen
    • Level of care required, medical necessity, and benefit to patient
    • Evaluation of closer facilities offering the same required level of care
    • Insurance availability, eligibility, and authorization for transfer
  • Fax / Email: Fill out the Transfer Request Form and fax it to 619-543-8394 or email to TxCtr@ucsd.edu.

The request will be evaluated by a Transfer Center registered nurse in collaboration with a UC San Diego Health physician. The decision will be based on the required level of care, capacity, financial clearance and approval of the accepting physician. If the request is cleared, a Transfer Center nurse will secure an inpatient hospital bed with the required level of care and arrange for appropriate transportation.

Your Point of Contact

We use a multidisciplinary approach to patient transfer – coordinating with physicians, transfer center staff, case managers and financial counselors. The UC San Diego Health Transfer Center serves as the point of contact for:

  • Clinical triage
  • Pre-certification
  • Bed identification
  • Transfer preparations
  • Inter-facility transport
  • Regular patient updates

UC San Diego Health Specialties

  • BMT (blood and marrow transplant)
  • Cancer/oncology
  • ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
  • Gastroenterology / liver disease
  • Heart failure
  • Microvascular surgery
  • Obstetrics
  • PTE (pulmonary thromboendarterectomy)
  • Bariatric surgery / gastric banding / Lap-Band
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Organ transplants
  • Trauma, surgical critical care and burns

Our Transfer Center policies and guidelines are designed to adhere to Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) regulations and to facilitate the request in the fastest manner possible.

​Contact the Transfer Center

Local: 619-543-5709
Toll-free domestic: 888-543-5709
Toll-free international: 001-888-543-5709
Transferring physicians: 619-471-3868

Transfer Center Request form
Fax: 619-543-8394