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Alvarado Hospital Medical Center

About Us

Alvarado Hospital Medical Center’s care and specialties services are nationally recognized by Healthgrades as being among the Top 5% in the Nation for Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Excellence and among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™, Spine Surgery™, and Critical Care™. We are pleased to be the only hospital in California to be among America’s 100 Best for Orthopedic and Spine Surgery. For a complete list of national awards, click here.

Alvarado Hospital is a 302-bed acute care hospital offering advanced, specialized healthcare services to the San Diego community and beyond. Our vision is to provide our community with a healthcare facility that blends outstanding medical care and leading-edge technology with the highly personalized service of a community hospital.

Alvarado Hospital’s programs and services include a new emergency department that is accredited for geriatric care, our Advanced Spine & Joint Institute, and our San Diego Rehabilitation Institute. We have the first hospital-based Sexual Medicine Program in the U.S. Our other programs include cardiac services, endoscopy, neuroscience, orthopedics, general surgical services, and vascular services, among others.

A staff of more than 600 registered nurses, technicians and support staff work alongside our more than 300 physicians providing our patients with quality healthcare in a compassionate and personalized environment.

Serving San Diego since 1972, we are conveniently located adjacent to San Diego State University and are partners with the SDSU Aztec football and basketball teams.

Licensed and Accredited

Our facility is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accrediting body for hospitals. Alvarado was the first hospital in the western U.S. to earn two certifications in stroke care from The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and the Gold Seal of Approval™ for Stroke Rehabilitation. The hospital also is a designated STEMI (severe heart attack) receiving center by the County of San Diego.

Mission & Vision

Our Mission

To deliver compassionate, quality care to patients and better healthcare to communities.


These are our Values


We are committed to always providing exceptional care and performance.


We deliver patient-centered healthcare with compassion, dignity and respect for every patient and their family.


We are honored to be trusted partners who serve, give back and grow with our communities.


We are a uniquely physician-founded and physician-led organization that allows doctors and clinicians to direct healthcare at every level.

Why Choose Alvarado Hospital Medical Center?

Healing, Body and Mind

Receive the care you need, from heart care and wound healing to preventative care and services specifically for the seniors in our community. 

Close to Home, High-Quality Care

Get the care you need without travelling far from home. Our team provides top-quality care in your home community. 

Emergency Care When Needed Most

Count on the emergency medicine physicians and team St. Mary’s Medical Center for emergency care 24 hours a day, every day.