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Medical Surgical

Effective, Advanced Care

Following surgery, patients often require close monitoring by doctors and nurses to ensure they heal, recover, and receive additional care. At El Centro Regional Medical Center, these patients receive inpatient care from a dedicated staff of nurses and physicians in the medical surgical department. This department is split into three different wards—located on the 1st and 2nd floors—and house 110 total beds in private and semi-private rooms. Vigilant, attentive care is provided to patients recovering from surgery 24/7.

ECRMC Medical Surgical wards are staffed by:

  • Nurses
  • Nurse assistants
  • Unit clerks
  • Hospitalists

What Is a "Hospitalist"?

Many doctors working in the medical surgical wards are considered "hospitalists." A hospitalist is a doctor that provides around-the-clock care to patients admitted to the hospital. These are doctors who respond to emergencies, help patients access other treatments and resources in the hospital, and collaborate with patients’ primary care physicians to ensure patients receive the evaluation and care that they need.

Information for Visitors

El Centro Regional Medical Center provides visiting hours for medical surgical ward patients between 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. every day. There is also a spacious west wing general waiting area for family and loved ones on the second floor that is open 24 hours a day.

There are three ECRMC medical surgical wards:

  • First floor, North Wing, accessible by North lobby entrance
  • Second floor, East Wing, accessible by main entrance
  • Second floor, West Wing, adjacent to the East Wing

Visitor parking is available on all four sides of the building. Additional parking is available at Central Baptist Church on the intersection of Ross Avenue and Imperial Avenue.

ECRMC enforces several visitor policies to ensure patient safety:

  • Only 2 visitors (per patient) are allowed at a time.
  • ECRMC asks that visitors limit the number of personal items they bring with them, as space in some of the rooms is limited. Electronics are prohibited.
  • Visitors under 16 years of age are generally not permitted. If there are particular circumstances where you believe younger visitors should be allowed, please speak to the staff.
  • Patients recovering from surgery are on restricted diets. Talk to nurses or doctors before bringing food items for patients.
  • ECRMC is completely tobacco-free. This ban covers all tobacco products, including but not limited to chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes. This rule extends to everyone who may smoke: patients, visitors, employees, volunteers, and vendors, and to all ECRMC owned/leased properties.

For questions pertaining to the ECRMC Medical Surgical wards, visitor policies, or an upcoming visit, contact the hospital at 760-339-7100.