Ribbon-cutting for Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit at UC San Diego Health

2 min
February 19, 2019

February 19, 2019 marked the grand opening of the Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit (SECU) at UC San Diego Health and was declared Gary and Mary West Day in the City of San Diego.

Hosted by UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, the speaking program focused on the state-of-the-art facility’s impact in delivering specialized emergency care to seniors and honored West Health’s Founders, Gary and Mary West, for their generosity and commitment to improving care for older adults.

View February 19 livestream archive here:

Featured speakers included:

Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor, University of California, San Diego
David Brenner, MD, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, University of California San Diego
Patty Maysent, CEO, UC San Diego Health
Ted Chan, MD, Chairman of Emergency Medicine, UC San Diego Health
Congressman Scott Peters, 52nd District, California
Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, District 1, City of San Diego
Gary West, Co-Founder, West Health
Shelley Lyford, President and CEO, West Health


The SECU was established with $11.8 million in support from Gary and Mary West that also enables research initiatives between UC San Diego Health and the West Health Institute to identify, evaluate and disseminate best practices in geriatric emergency care.





The facility is the first in California—and one of the first in the nation—to receive the highest and most comprehensive Level 1 geriatric accreditation by the American College of Emergency Physicians.







Shelley Lyford
CEO, Chair & Trustee, Gary and Mary West Foundation
CEO & Chair, West Health Institute