ER Wait Time: 1 minutes | If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Emergency Department

The Emergency Department is Safe

Alvarado Hospital’s 32-bed Emergency Department (ED) is a designated full-service emergency department for the San Diego County Emergency Medical System. Staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians and experienced registered nurses, our ED provides immediate access to the most advanced diagnostic services and lifesaving care.

For further information, contact us at 619-287-3270.

Emergency Department

About Our ER Wait Time

ER wait time is the average wait time for a patient to see a registered nurse during the triage (evaluation) process in our ER. After patients are triaged (evaluated), they are seen by qualified medical professionals in priority order, according to their medical condition and reason for visit. Times are approximate and provided for information purposes only.

GetCareNow – Reserve Your ER Arrival Time

For life-threatening emergencies call 9-1-1

Let us know you’re coming. Select your emergency room arrival time and wait at home until your time to be seen.

At Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, we strive to make it easier for you to handle life’s unexpected events. This service is just one more way that we are transforming the healthcare experience.

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Designated 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 Advanced 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.

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Certified for Geriatric Emergency Care

At Hospital Name, seniors have earned a little extra consideration, and we are honored to care for the older adults of San Diego.

Alvarado Hospital earned the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) recognizing emergency departments that go above and beyond to provide excellent care for older adults. The GEDA program is the culmination of years of progress in emergency care of older adults. In 2014, four geriatric focused organizations developed and released geriatric ED guidelines. These guidelines recommended measures ranging from adding geriatric-friendly equipment to specialized staff to more routine screening for delirium, dementia, and fall risk, among other vulnerabilities.

The voluntary GEDA program provides specific criteria and goals for emergency clinicians and administrators to target. A Geriatric Accredited emergency department must incorporate selected best practices, as well as provide inter-disciplinary geriatric education, and have geriatric appropriate equipment and supplies available.

At the Alvarado Hospital emergency department, we’ll see you quickly, and we take time to evaluate your condition and develop the best plan of care for you. With our geriatric trained Emergency Nurses, our collaborative ER team is trained to identify older adults that need extra support during and after their hospitalization.

In addition, we work closely with you to manage your long-term health and wellness. Our clinicians develop a discharge plan with you and your family to help you manage your future healthcare needs.

Our accredited senior Emergency Department features an atmosphere to enhance safety and comfort. During your stay, you can expect the following:

  • Educated Geriatric Emergency Nurses
  • Easy-to-read signs and clocks
  • Pressure reducing mattresses
  • Tranquil Environment
  • Handrails
  • Extra seating for family
  • Skid- proof footwear & flooring
  • Large print signage and documents
  • Reading glasses & hearing devices
  • Warm blankets
  • Walkers

For more information, please contact Drew Logan at

Contact the Emergency Department by calling 619-287-3270

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