Alvarado Hospital is a designated full-service emergency department (ED)
for the San Diego County Emergency Medical System open 24/7. Staffed with
board-certified emergency medicine physicians and experienced registered
nurses, the Alvarado Hospital ED provides immediate access to the most
advanced diagnostic services and lifesaving care.
Alvarado Hospital's ED provides advanced care 24 hours a day, seven
days a week with several notable designations:
Additionally, the Alvarado Hospital ED is supported by an on-call panel
of physicians from every hospital medical and surgical subspecialty. Many
of these physicians are nationally and internationally recognized for
Certified Heart Attack "STEMI Center”
As a San Diego County-designated severe heart attack (STEMI) receiving
center, Alvarado Hospital emergency physicians and nurses coordinate with
emergency response personnel to begin life-saving cardiac care before
the patient even gets here.
This special designation is only given to hospitals that have proven their
staff can meet stringent standards for cardiac care. Working seamlessly
together, the Alvarado Hospital emergency and cardiac catheterization
(cath) lab teams ensure patients receive an interventional procedure,
such as balloon angioplasty, within 90 minutes or less of arriving at
the emergency department. This time frame achieves the best outcomes for
heart attack patients. Alvarado Hospital's average door-to-ballon
time is 64 minutes.
Certified Primary Stroke Center
Alvarado Hospital has been designated an Advanced Primary Stroke Center
by The Joint Commission, the largest accreditation organization of hospitals
in the nation. The award recognizes Alvarado Hospital's commitment
and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring
that stroke patients receive treatment for at least 24 months according
to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. Stroke patients
arriving at Alvarado Hospital are seen within 20 minutes by a board-certified
neurologist. The ED is equipped with a state-of-the-art neuro camera that
allows physicians to immediately evaluate the stroke patient and expedite
Alvarado Hospital will open a brand-new, state-of-the-art
emergency department (adjacent to the current facility) in late 2019. Upon completion, this
will add 24 additional emergency beds to the communities along the I-8 corridor.
Contact the Emergency Department
The ED can be reached by calling (619) 287-3270.