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Tri-City Healthcare, Fallbrook Healthcare district enter joint powers agreement

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The Tri-City Healthcare District and the Fallbrook Healthcare District have entered into a Joint Powers Agreement designed to enhance the level of medical and health care services provided to the residents throughout the Fallbrook Healthcare District’s service area.

The agreement will enable the Fallbrook Healthcare District to support potential expansion of the services available in Fallbrook.

The JPA is a cooperative arrangement allowing the two agencies to share health care services and programs. The goal of the JPA is to enhance the services Fallbrook area residents can access in their community as well as those they must travel to receive.

The physicians and clinical staff of each facility will maintain their current independence and governance. The specialists and hospitalists from Tri-City Medical Center will augment the medical staff at Fallbrook Hospital for continuity of care for the benefit of the residents of the district. Tri-City Medical Center has 397 beds and Fallbrook Hospital has 47 acute care beds and another 93 long-term care/skilled nursing beds.

Vi Dupre, administrator of the Fallbrook Healthcare District and Larry Anderson, chief executive officer of Tri-City Healthcare District, issued to following joint statement:

“It is the intent of both districts that, through this Joint Powers Agreement, we will be able to execute strategies that have the potential to give residents of Fallbrook, and surrounding communities, access to the highest quality of health care, provided primarily in their local community. We understand the burden of families having to travel to distant facilities in order to receive care.”

The Tri-City Medical Center plans to develop a comprehensive managed care network in the Fallbrook Healthcare District to ensure that most of the services needed are provided at Fallbrook Hospital; it will assist Fallbrook Healthcare District and Fallbrook Hospital with the recruitment of primary care practitioners to increase the access to and the availability of this type of medical provider locally; and conduct, together with Fallbrook Hospital, a service area community medical needs assessment to identify the gaps that exist between the medical services required and the current availability of doctors and services at the hospital needed to fulfill those requirements.

The residents within the Fallbrook Healthcare District will have available at Tri-City Medical Center the following services: acute rehabilitation services; complex orthopaedic and neurosurgical services; access to the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System and Mazor Robotics’ Renaissance System for spine surgery services; diagnostic and therapeutic cardiovascular services; inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services; lithotripsy procedures; neonatal intensive care services; outpatient infusion therapy; wound care and hyperbaric medicine; and other tertiary services.

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