Healthcare in the San Diego Metro Area

The San Diego Metro Area has a population of approximately 3.1 million people according to the 2010 US Census which is around 1.3 million more people compared to the Columbus Metro Area (US Census QuickFacts 2012). This means there should be additional medical facilities such as hospitals, urgent care centers, 24 hour pharmacies, and private practices in the San Diego Metro Area. The next several maps will show these locations in the San Diego Metro Area.

The first map shows the locations of the hospitals. What this map and several other maps reveal, is that the location of healthcare is confined to twenty miles from the ocean. About 96% of the 3.1 million people in the San Diego Metro Area live within this zone. Outside of the 20 mile zone, the geography is comprised of mountains, forests, and deserts which makes human settlement expensive and impractical. The major hospital groups in the metro area include: Scripps Health, Sharp HealthCare, Palomar Health, University of California San Diego (UCSD), and Kaiser Permanente. In total, there are 22 hospitals in San Diego County compared to 19 hospitals in the Columbus Metro Area. Five of the hospitals are located in the North County Region while the other 17 are either in San Diego proper or in the suburbs such as Coronado or Chula Vista. Another map on the far right is zoomed in showing a large medical campus. This medical campus features four hospitals with three belonging to the Sharp HealthCare system and the other, Rady Children’s Hospital which is the only hospital specializing in pediatric care in the San Diego Metro Area. The medical campus is located north of Downtown San Diego near the interchange of Interstate 805 and State Route 163.

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The second map in this blog post features urgent care centers in the San Diego Metro Area. There are more urgent care centers compared to the number of hospitals in the metro area. In total, there are 34 urgent care centers in the metro area. 16 of the 34 urgent care centers are located in the North County Region while the other 18 are either in San Diego proper or in the suburbs.

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The third map focuses on the general location of 24 hour pharmacies in the San Diego Metro Area. Although there are many pharmacies that are open 24 hours a day, these pharmacies have pharmacists staffed in the pharmacy 24 hours a day filling out prescriptions. There are 26 pharmacies in the metro area. The 24 hour pharmacies in the metro area are comprised by CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and Ralph’s (a grocery store chain and subsidiary of Kroger located in Southern California). There are eight 24 hour pharmacies in the North County Region and the other 18 are located in San Diego proper or in the suburbs. The hospitals have an increased transparency and are hardly visible on this map. This is to show that most of the 24 hour pharmacies are in close proximity to the hospitals.

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The next several maps show the locations of the top four practices (family practice, internal medicine, OB/GYN, and pediatrician) in the San Diego Metro Area. The first map shows all of the top four practices along with the hospitals. The next four maps show each medical practice individually.

The final map for this blog post shows the general location of physicians and specialists corresponding to the location of hospitals in the San Diego Metro Area. There were two buffers created, a one mile buffer and a three mile buffer. There are over 2200 physicians in the San Diego Metro Area compared to the over 1300 physicians in the Columbus Metro Area. 53.7% of all physicians are within a one mile buffer of a hospital and 82.6% of all physicians are within a three mile buffer of a hospital in the San Diego Metro Area. These percentages of the one mile and three mile buffers are higher compared to percentages recorded for the Columbus Metro Area. Another map on the far right is zoomed in showing the large medical campus again surrounded by physicians and specialists.

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Sources

“San Diego County, California” US Census. US Census QuickFacts website. < http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/06073.html>. Retrieved September 4, 2012.