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The Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Houses

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Kristin Palmer, Manager
(619) 532-8751
(619) 532-9055


Monday - Friday: 0900 - 1600

Sat, Sun & Federal Holidays:  Closed


Available At:
NMCSD Hospital Facility


Referral Form

Fisher Houses I & II at Naval Medical Center San Diego provide a “home away from home” for active and retired military families of patients who have been admitted for medical care at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Both houses are comfortably furnished homes with a combination of 18 suites with adjoining baths, common kitchens (fully equipped), laundry rooms, living and dining rooms. Fisher House I has a stair chair for orthopedic challenges and two ADA compliant bedrooms. Fisher House II is completely ADA compliant with an elevator.

The Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Houses are available to families who are coping with the medical crisis of a loved one and have no local accommodations.  The Fisher House Foundation generously provides a grant to pay lodging fees for all families to stay at the Fisher Houses.

The Fisher Houses are located at the Northeast end of Naval Medical Center San Diego adjacent to the Chapel and Bldg 6. It is about a three minute walk from the main hospital wards.

AmenitiesNew Rock Waterfall

All guest rooms have color TVs, phones with answering system, remote controlled ceiling lights and fan, cleaning caddies, clothes hampers and laundry baskets, private bathrooms with hair dryers, linens, towels, soaps, lotions, and shampoos.

Two guest Internet stations and Wi-Fi.

There are toys for the children, an indoor 2-story playhouse, children books, games, and movies. There is also an outdoor children’s swing and slide complex.

Strollers, diaper pails, and high chairs are available.

Located next to hospital chapel, library, and healing garden. There are two gazebos (front and back lawn areas) and outdoor furniture for additional seating or dining. Outdoor rock waterfall (next to gazebo) for the enjoyment and relaxation of Fisher House guests.

Fisher House Policies, Referral Procedure, and Admission Guidelines


The Fisher House is available to families of Active Duty and retired military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, as long as the patient has a military sponsor.

The mailing address for the Fisher House is:

Naval Medical Center San Diego
34800 Bob Wilson Drive Fisher House, Bldg. 46
San Diego, CA 92134-5000

Availability and placement is directed through the Fisher House Referral Form and the Fisher House Office staff. Referral forms are available at each nurses' station and the following locations:

  • Call the Fisher House directly at: (619) 532-9055 during office hours. Referral can be faxed, mailed, emailed or the information may be taken over the telephone by Fisher House staff member.
  • Patient Administration 532-8319, Bldg. 1-1
  • Social Services 532-7150, Bldg. 3-1
  • Pastoral Care 532-6025, Bldg. 4
  • OOD's Desk 532-6400, Bldg. 1
  • Patient Relations 532-6416, Bldg. 1
  • Medevac 532-8311, Bldg. 1-1
  • Command Postal Corridor (on counter across from the FedEx pick-up window), Bldg. 1

Referrals may be prepared by physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, American Red Cross, Case Managers, Patient Administration or by the patient or family member.

Eligibility Requirements


Patient must be inpatient at the time of family's check-in.

Family must be traveling a distance of at least 40 miles one way.

Patients condition must be serious in nature. No diagnostic testing or general procedures.

Families will be staying for a minimum of three nights.

Families are expected to check out when patient is discharged to Med-Hold.

Admitting Guidelines


Families may not always be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. A single factor such as financial hardship may not automatically qualify them. All of the following will be taken into consideration:

  • Medical Condition - Terminal, Critical, Serious.
  • Financial - Junior personnel precede higher rank; civilian families with no financial assistance.
  • Distance Traveled - Minimum commute of at least 40 miles one way.
  • Status - Active duty over retired.
  • Patients do not stay at the Fisher House.
  • One room (and parking space) per family.
  • Families with more than five members need to find additional lodging.
  • No pets allowed.

Admittance Once Space is Available


The family will be contacted by the Fisher House staff for a move-in date.

A family may be admitted after business hours only if prior arrangements have been made. (A Welcome Packet can be left with the Officer of the Day's Desk for after hour pick-up by family member).

Due to limited staffing, office hours are from 9am - 4pm, Monday through Friday. The office is closed on Saturday, Sunday, and all Federal Holidays.

Emergency overnight or walk-ins will not be accepted because of limited space and staff.

Families arriving on funded orders will be given a 5 night maximum length of stay. Please use this time to find other lodging. This will help facilitate those families who are not receiving any financial assistance.

Advanced Referral


A referral can be completed and submitted to the Fisher House in advance of a family's arrival. Advance referrals do not constitute a reservation as the Fisher House operates on a day-by-day basis due to the medical nature of the lodging. Families are advised to make alternate plans.



The Fisher Houses are a non-profit organization that depends on volunteers and donations for support to enhance daily operations and program expansion. Donations can be made directly to the local San Diego Fisher House (Combined Federal Campaign # 64977) or, to the Fisher House Foundation, Inc. (Combined Federal Campaign # 11453). The San Diego Fisher House Federal /State Tax ID number is: 95-1645429.