Surgeries were canceled at Scripps Mercy Hospital on Thursday.
A statement from the Hillcrest hospital said the decision was made after an internal review of operating rooms.
Scripps Mercy Hospital still went ahead with emergency and trauma surgeries, but any procedures that could be canceled were moved to another day. They said they regularly conduct audits to ensure quality and safety.
Shutting down surgeries for the day is very rare.
Scripps Mercy Hospital doctors were notified last night, with officials it was a light schedule at the hospital and a good time to go over operating room procedures.
A hospital spokesperson tell us that this was not done because of any mishap or injuries.
The California Department of Public Health does not need to be notified in the case of an internal audit, but the hospital would be required to report any unusual problems that threaten the welfare, safety or health of patients or personnel.
Scripps officials said those elective surgeries canceled today are being moved to tomorrow and Saturday.