Emergency Services

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Emergency services are available 24 hours a day in Hillcrest and La Jolla.

Emergency Room Locations

Hillcrest Emergency
UC San Diego Medical Center
200 W. Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103

Map and directions
La Jolla Emergency
Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
9434 Medical Center Drive
La Jolla CA, 92037

Map and directions

Urgent Care Services

UC San Diego Health offers urgent care at its La Jolla clinic on Villa La Jolla Drive. We also are contracted with a number of urgent care facilities for some of our patients.

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UC San Diego Health Emergency Services - Hillcrest

UC San Diego Medical Center offers comprehensive emergency care and operates the region's first Level I Trauma Center, which treats the highest level of critical injury. Patients have access to all major medical specialties, including a certified comprehensive stroke center and labor and delivery unit.

UC San Diego Health Emergency Services - La Jolla

Emergency services in La Jolla are located in the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center - a comprehensive heart center and certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. The emergency department in La Jolla offers a broad range of acute care and specialty consultation, including access to all major medical specialties, a Labor & Delivery unit, and Level III NICU.

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

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.

Emergency-Related Specialty Services

  • Hyperbaric Medicine: Our hyperbaric medicine chamber in Hillcrest is the only facility in over three counties and Mexico that offers emergency hyperbaric consultation and treatment 24/7.
  • Regional Burn Center: Our burn center is an accredited level 1 pediatric and adult burn center. The state-of-the-art facility includes an intensive care unit, special burn care unit, and an outpatient clinic for minor burn assessments and treatment.
  • Level 1 Trauma Center: UC San Diego operates the region’s first Level 1 Trauma Center which is part of the San Diego Trauma, a collaborative, life-saving, countywide effort of six hospitals.
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center: UC San Diego Medical Center was one of the first five certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers in the nation, with the ability to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. Both our Hillcrest and La Jolla hospitals are certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
  • Toxicology: We provide medical direction to the San Diego regional poison control center.

  • Disaster Medicine: UC San Diego coordinates the city's Emergency Medical Services activities and provides medical direction for Mercy Air.
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