This special report takes an in-depth look at health care leaders and administrators, trends, emerging treatments, insurance issues and more. A roundtable discussion featuring several medical leaders highlights some of the important current issues in the county and nation.
Kleanthis Xanthopoulos has had a dual love of science and business since he was a teenager in Greece studying in a science program and trading leather goods in his spare time. For the past six years, he has been exercising both of those infatuations as the founder and chief executive officer of Anadys Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ANDS) in La Jolla, and now he wants to try and do it again.
Stephanie Seidman, Ph.D., J.D., a principal with the law firm of Fish & Richardson, provides a vital service to the health care industry -- she strategically helps companies plan for and obtain patents on their health-related inventions and is an important aspect of a company's path to the marketplace. Her clients include dozens of leading companies in California and throughout the United States and her practice has a specific focus on biotechnology and chemistry.
America's troubled health care system has been at the forefront of political discussion for years, but doctors in the San Diego area say if action isn't finally taken soon, it could take just one large disaster to send the system into complete chaos. This is especially true in San Diego County.
San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care volunteers touch the lives of thousands in our community each year, by sharing their time, compassion and expertise. It's a gift of making our community a better place, by making a difference in the lives of those in need. As a not-for-profit organization, the agency relies on volunteers to provide compassionate and comprehensive services to seriously ill adults and children in our community.
At Scripps Mercy's Heart Care Center, we give you the kind of care and compassion you would expect from a world-class medical center. Regardless of which procedures you or your family need, we're here to pinpoint your heart problem, find the best treatments, control your symptoms and keep your heart health in check.
AMN Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: AHS), the nation's largest provider of temporary health care staffing, partners with hospitals and other health care facilities throughout San Diego and across the nation to solve critical staffing shortages. In the face of increased demands for health care services, AMN Healthcare helps alleviate short-term and permanent staffing challenges created by seasonal patient fluctuations, new units and the ever increasing shortages of physicians and nurses.
Forty years ago, the UCSD Medical Center was established in preparation for the opening of UC San Diego's School of Medicine.
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Ronald Kendrick, chair of Children's Hospital and Health Center in San Diego announced that Kathleen Ann Sellick has been appointed Children's president and chief executive officer, effective July 2006. She replaces Blair L. Sadler, who will retire in July and join the UCSD faculty in the Rady School of Management and the School of Medicine and serve as a part-time senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston.
Earlier this month, more than 77 percent voted in favor of Proposition G -- Grossmont Healthcare District's $247 million bond measure -- well above the two-thirds approval required. Its passage capped off a community awareness effort that had a goal of reaching 250,000 voters residing in East County and to mobilize their support.
For close to 30 years, the Council of Community Clinics (CCC) has supported community health centers that serve as the health care safety net for low income and uninsured residents of San Diego and Imperial counties. These clinics provide vital primary and preventive health care services to more than 400,000 patients each year -- constituting more than 1 million patient visits -- through a network of 17 community clinic and health center organizations that operate 75 care sites throughout these two counties.
Unless you're wealthy, it has become increasingly difficult to take up residence in San Diego County. With average home prices currently hovering around $600,000, even many two-income families are priced out of the market. Less than 10 percent of San Diegans are now able to buy a home here.
Scripps Health announced plans on May 31 to build a comprehensive Cardiovascular Institute as part of the $360 million first phase replacement of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Including the cardiac programs of Scripps Clinic/Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps La Jolla, the institute will be a center for advanced diagnostic and treatment options for patients with cardiovascular diseases, as well as serve as a center for medical research, clinical trials and graduate medical education.
Motorists cruising along Highway 163 through Kearny Mesa have witnessed a new San Diego landmark rising above the freeway during the last 18 months. And throughout the 18 months to come, they'll watch as the recently completed seven-story steel frame transforms into San Diego's first new hospital in more than a decade -- the new Sharp Memorial Hospital.
This special section highlights local health care leaders, trends in health care programs, new facilities, emerging treatments, legal matters and more.
In this annual report, we explore how San Diego's dynamic health care industry continues to attract top talent from around the world. We'll look at health care leaders and administrators, new trends in health care programs, new facilities, legal issues and more.