ER staff wheeling patient on a gurney

Emergency Services

2207.8 miles away
Fax: 760-946-8817
24 hours a day, seven days a week

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. 

Emergency Services

24 hours a day, seven days a week

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. 

2207.8 miles away
Fax: 760-946-8817

When severe and sudden illnesses afflict you or your family, St. Mary Medical Center’s Emergency Department is ready to serve you at a moment’s notice.

A special note on when to use Emergency Care

It is important for patients to understand that Emergency Departments are for true emergencies. If you don’t know whether your emergency is life-threatening or not, take the safe approach and come in. However, if you don’t need this high level of care, consider options such as more affordable urgent care or a visit to your general practice physician.

About our physicians

The hospital has contracted with Vituity Medical Group to provide physician services in the Emergency Department. These physicians are independent contractors, not employees of the hospital, who contract separately with healthcare insurers and healthcare plans. As a result, they may not be in the same networks as the hospital. If you have any questions regarding whether these physicians are covered by your insurance, you should contact your insurance provider directly. To contact the ER group contracted to our hospital, please call 760-946-8876.

Our full-service emergency department provides medical examinations, stabilization and treatments for all patients in need of emergency care.

Our comprehensive support of patients in need of urgent medical care has earned our hospital a dedication as a Primary Stroke and Cardiovascular Receiving Center.

We ask that if you or a loved one suddenly experience one of the following conditions, please call 911 immediately:

  • Heart attack or severe chest pain
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Bleeding that does not stop
  • Severe or unusual abdominal pain
  • Stroke, sudden paralysis or slurred speech
  • Medically necessary detoxification
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Changes in vision
  • Confusion or changes in mental status
  • Any sudden or severe pain
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Difficulty speaking

Our emergency care staff are highly trained and include:

  • Physicians board-certified in emergency care
  • Physician assistants
  • Emergency-trained registered nurses
  • Emergency department technicians