California’s First Senior Emergency Care Unit Opens

Chancellor Khosla cuts the ribbon at West Health Senior Emergency Care Center

UC San Diego Health has opened a state-of-the-art unit specialized in treating seniors requiring emergency health care. The Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health in La Jolla is the first in California to treat qualifying patients over the age of 65 in a dedicated space customized for geriatric emergency care.

On Feb. 19, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla joined philanthropists Mary and Gary West, as well as campus and community leadership, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new facility. “Mary and Gary West, I cannot thank you enough for your partnership and support,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “We are pioneering a course that is uncharted in terms of geriatric care. This is the first accredited facility west of the Mississippi, and the first such facility in the UC system.”

Photo of a room at new senior emergency center and donors Mary and Gary West

Three years ago, philanthropists Gary and Mary West provided $11.8 million to UC San Diego to create the senior emergency care unit, which is housed within the Emergency Department at the Jacobs Medical Center. It is one of eight emergency departments in nation to receive accreditation, and the first in California.

In honor of their generosity, Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry presented the Wests with a Proclamation from the City of San Diego for sparking and advancing innovation in health care, supporting research and making the local community and nation better. Feb. 19, 2019 was named Gary and Mary West Day in the City of San Diego.