UC San Diego Health

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UC San Diego Health
UCSD Health logo.png
Location San Diego, California, United States
Care system Private
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of California, San Diego
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Helipad Yes[1]
Beds 749
Founded 1966[2]
Website http://health.ucsd.edu/
Lists Hospitals in California

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system serving San Diego, as well as one of only two Level I trauma centers in the region.[3] It is run by the University of California, San Diego and is closely affiliated with the university's School of Medicine. In operation since 1966, it comprises UC San Diego Hillcrest Medical Center, Thornton Hospital, Moores Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Jacobs Medical Center (opening in 2016), as well as several outpatient sites located throughout San Diego County.

It is the official health system of the San Diego Chargers, the San Diego Padres, Club Tijuana, the UC San Diego Tritons, and the San Diego State Aztecs.

UC San Diego Medical Center[edit]

UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest

The UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest (32°45′16″N 117°09′58″W / 32.75442°N 117.166009°W / 32.75442; -117.166009), is the primary hospital for the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

The region's only academic medical center offers both primary care and specialized services, including surgery, diagnosis and management of genetic disease, neurology, orthopedics, oncology, and the Sleep Medicine Center.

The recently[when?] renovated 386-bed hospital at Hillcrest is also the primary site for such regional services as the Comprehensive Organ Transplant Program, Bone Marrow Transplantation, San Diego Regional Burn Center, Infant Special Care Center (NICU), UCSD's Birth Center, San Diego County's only academic Level One Trauma Center, and the National Institutes of Health-designated Clinical Research Center.

Thornton Hospital[edit]

The John M. and Sally B. Thornton Hospital and Perlman Ambulatory Care Center (32°52′45″N 117°13′25″W / 32.879225°N 117.223717°W / 32.879225; -117.223717) opened in the summer of 1993. John Alksne, a neurosurgeon and the Dean of the School of Medicine, performed the first surgery at this hospital. It was a delicate brain operation.[4] It is located on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, California.[5] It is a 119-bed general medical-surgical facility that offers a full range of services, including surgery, cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, orthopedics, oncology, reproductive medicine, pulmonary medicine and physical therapy.

Moores Cancer Center[edit]

Established in 1979, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States.

Shiley Eye Institute[edit]

UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute provides comprehensive eye care services, from basic eye exams to advanced diagnostic tests and sophisticated surgery. Eye care services offered at Shiley Eye Institute include cataract surgery, cornea transplants, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, low vision services, neuro-ophthalmology, optometry and contact lens service, pediatric ophthalmology, plastic surgery, refractive surgery, retina care, and trauma repair.

The Abraham Ratner Children's Eye is immediately adjacent to Shiley.

Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center[edit]

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center provides ambulatory, clinical, and inpatient heart and stroke care in one central location. Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is the region's first academic-based facility to combine all heart and vascular-related services, programs and technology under one roof.[citation needed]


On May 18, 2007, the UC Regents approved a plan to build an additional 125- to 150-bed inpatient tower in La Jolla.[6] This hospital will be called Jacobs Medical Center, will have 245 beds, cost $839 million, and is scheduled to open in 2016.

On November 19, 2010, the UC Regents approved a plan to build a new building for the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI). This building is planned to have 311,000 gross square feet at a cost of $269 million.[7]


  1. ^ Stone, Ken (2 June 2014). "UCSD Hospital Took Pains on Helipad Redo: Job Done in a Day". Times of San Diego. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Health Sciences Facts and Figures". UC San Diego Health Sciences. 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  3. ^ O'Neill, Michael. "Mapbook: California Trauma Centers" (PDF). Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "History and Milestones at UCSD Medical Center". Health.ucsd.edu. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  5. ^ "UCSD's Thornton Hospital's Address, Directions, Map & Phone Number". Health.ucsd.edu. 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  6. ^ Franz, Leslie (2007-05-18). "Regents Approve Plan for New UCSD Inpatient Bed Tower". University of California, San Diego Medical Center. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  7. ^ Philippidis, Alex (2010-11-19). "UPDATE: UC Board of Regents OKs $269M Clinical and Translational Building for UCSD". GenomeWeb Daily News. Retrieved 2010-11-29. 

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