Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health

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In May 2016, Gary and Mary West provided $11.8 million to the University of California San Diego to create a state-of-the-art senior emergency care unit to be housed within the Emergency Department at Jacobs Medical Center in 2018. The Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit will enhance care for older adults and enable a multi-year medical research initiative in partnership with the West Health Institute to support its mission of making successful aging a reality for seniors in San Diego and the nation. In recognition of the West’s support, the broader Emergency Department will also be named the Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health.


Due to the generosity of the Wests, UC San Diego Health in La Jolla has been able to offer enhanced emergency services designed to meet the unique needs of seniors beginning in the fall of 2016. The services focus on geriatric medicine, acute care screening, urgent care, case management, and social and psychiatric care. With a focus on fostering successful aging, the department also facilitates home- and community-based care options when possible.

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