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San Diego Healthcare

The San Diego county medical community includes 26 accredited hospitals, with a total of more than 6,600 beds. The largest networks are ScrippsHealth and Sharp Healthcare, which maintain hospitals and walk-in clinics throughout the county.

Scripps Mercy Hospital, the city's longest-running and largest hospital, was established in 1890 and has 517 beds. San Diego's research and specialty institutions include the Salk Institute of Biology – established by Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine – which conducts research in such areas as genetics and neuroscience; Children's Hospital and Health Center, the county's designated Pediatric Trauma Center; the Naval Medical Center, which provides care to officers, personnel, and their dependents and is among the largest and most technologically advanced military healthcare centres in the world; and the Scripps Research Institute, internationally recognised for its research in immunology, molecular and cell biology.





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