Scripps Mercy Hospital

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Scripps Mercy Hospital
Scripps Health
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Location San Diego, California, United States
Coordinates 32°45′05″N 117°09′36″W / 32.751387°N 117.159963°W / 32.751387; -117.159963Coordinates: 32°45′05″N 117°09′36″W / 32.751387°N 117.159963°W / 32.751387; -117.159963
Care system Private
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of California, San Diego[1]
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Beds 700
Founded 1890 [2]
Lists Hospitals in California

Scripps Mercy Hospital is a private Catholic hospital located in San Diego, California. Founded in 1890, it is the oldest hospital in San Diego County and has campuses in Chula Vista and Hillcrest. The hospital has 700 acute-care-licensed beds and employs 1,300 physicians. The Hillcrest campus is home to one of only two regional Level I Trauma Centers and receives more than 2,100 trauma patients each year.[3]


In 1890, the Sisters of Mercy opened a five-bed dispensary called St. Joseph's in Downtown San Diego. The dispensary was replaced by a three-story hospital in Hillcrest called St. Joseph's Sanitarium in 1891, which was renamed to St. Joseph's Hospital in 1904. The current hospital building, also in Hillcrest, was built in 1925 and named Mercy Hospital.[4] A second hospital, Bay General Hospital, was established in Chula Vista. In 1986, Bay General joined the Scripps Health system, as did Mercy Hospital in 1995 (which then became Scripps Mercy Hospital). In 2004, the two hospitals were combined at the Hillcrest campus.[5]



  1. ^ "Residency Overview". UCSD School of Medicine. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "About - Scripps Health - San Diego". Scripps. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Emergency and Trauma". Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Balboa Park history: 1925". Richard Amero notes. San Diego History Center. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Historical Highlights". Scripps Health. Retrieved 1 June 2015.