San Ysidro Health expands to East County in time for COVID-19 care

San Ysidro Health is committed and continues to provide high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable health care services for vulnerable families across San Diego County.

Effective April 1, 2020, San Ysidro Health and Mountain Health has formally merged their operations, creating a system of health care for more than 105,000 individuals in Southern Central and Eastern San Diego County. After functioning under a formal management agreement for 10 months, and completing comprehensive due diligence and assessment, the Boards of Directors of both nonprofit organizations approved the final merger.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, San Ysidro Health is providing telehealth services to anyone in the San Diego region including its expanded service area in East County.  The SYHealthLine, 619-205-6792 is available for patients to speak with a health care provider and discuss if they think they have COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed to anyone with symptoms. From there, patients will be directed to the best way to receive care without compromising their health or the health of others. The SYHealthLine is available Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“During these unprecedented times, San Ysidro Health is proud to respond to the medical, dental and behavioral health needs of all in our San Diego region,” said Kevin Mattson, president and CEO, San Ysidro Health.  “We thank our patients for trusting us as their provider of care and welcome all Mountain Health patients into our network of care.”

“We are excited to be part of the San Ysidro Health team,” said Judith Shaplin, chief executive officer, Mountain Health. “Both Mountain Health and San Ysidro have similar organizational values and we look forward to offering our patients a wider range of high quality and compassionate services.” 

San Ysidro Health has established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help continue to provide essential health services in the safest manner for their 105,000 patients including rural families in its new service area in East County. The COVID-19 Relief Fund will help support the following: Purchase much-needed and limited PPEs such as masks, face shields, gloves, and covers-ups, provide essential health services and fund fresh food distribution programs in San Diego County.

Recently, Grossmont Healthcare District contributed to the organization’s relief fund through a grant of $24,910 that will be used to purchase essential equipment for four of the organization’s clinic sites located in the East County. San Ysidro Health thanks Grossmont Health Care District for their support. Donations to the organization’s COVID-19 Relief Fund can be made at

San Ysidro Health and Mountain Health are both independent, nonprofit federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) committed to providing high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable health care services for the entire family.

For more information regarding San Ysidro Health, please visit and or call 619-205-6792.

About San Ysidro Health

San Ysidro Health  is a non-profit organization committed to providing high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable health care services for the entire family. The organization was founded by seven women in search of medical services for their children.  Over fifty years later, San Ysidro Health now provides innovative care to more than 105,000 lives in our care through a vast and integrated network of 41 program sites across San Diego County including: medical clinics, dental clinics, behavioral health centers, HIV centers, WIC nutrition centers, mobile medical units, school-based health centers, chiropractic services, pediatric developmental clinic, teen clinic, senior health center and Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). San Ysidro Health and its program sites are designed under the concept of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care, where the patient, not the support staff or provider, is the focus of all care and services. For additional information please visit San Ysidro Health at