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Emergency Department

The Emergency Department is Safe!

Alvarado Hospital's new, 32-bed emergency department (ED) is a designated full-service emergency department 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 sub-specialty. Many of these physicians are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise.

"Critical health emergencies need to be taken care of immediately."

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 treatment.

Certified for Geriatric Emergency Care

The Alvarado Hospital Emergency Department is also accredited by the American College of Emergency Physicians as a level three geriatric emergency department (GEDA).This means that the nurses, physicians, and staff adhere to industry best-practices in the care of senior patients, and the facility itself is stocked with geriatric-appropriate equipment and supplies.

Contact the Emergency Department

The ED can be reached by calling 619-287-3270.