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Mental Health Systems has announced that Linda Wong Kerberg, MFT, joined Mental Health Systems on April 1 as director of clinical services.
Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) was named a recipient of the prestigious Million Hearts award today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for its ability to achieve hypertension control rates of 70 percent or more among patients.
Anthem Blue Cross and seven top hospital systems have partnered to offer Anthem Blue Cross Vivity, an integrated health system in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, Family Health Centers of San Diego will present its eighth annual family health and fitness fair ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!
A pilot program for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System lowered the price of members’ hip and knee replacement surgeries by 19 percent in one year.
Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) and Assemblywoman Shirley N. Weber will host three celebrations Aug. 9, combining three major events into a single unified celebration at the new Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center.
The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) formed by Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) and HealthCare Partners in California produced $4.7 million in savings for the first six months of 2013 compared to a comparison group.
Patient Safety First ... a California Partnership for Health (PSF) was awarded the esteemed 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission in Washington, D.C. for the collaborative’s work in reducing early elective deliveries, hospital-acquired infections, and avoiding 3,576 deaths and more than $63 million in otherwise unnecessary hospital costs between 2009 and 2012.
Kaiser Permanente San Diego has appointed two executive leaders.
After almost a decade, a Medicare payment inequity costing San Diego County's physicians roughly $100 million annually ($10,000 per physician per year) has been resolved.
Hospital, county, city and business leaders gathered Wednesday to celebrate the opening of Kaiser Permanente's new medical office building that will provide care to North County residents.
Local health care and community leaders gathered Feb. 19 to celebrate the opening of the Scripps Proton Therapy Center.
Kaiser Permanente San Diego is hosting a workshop for nonprofit organization leaders, development directors and other interested individuals who want to learn more about Kaiser's benefit resources, which are available to nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations serving San Diego County.
The San Diego Public Library is partnering with Sanitas Inc. to provide software to visitors of the Central Library to help them learn more about potential health risks and chronic conditions. This software, which is free to those who use it onsite, was exclusively created for the library and is an integration of Sanitas products, Wellaho and Family Healthware.
Kaiser Permanente San Diego has been named among the nation's "Top Hospitals" by the Leapfrog Group.
"Home and Healthy for the Holidays" is back for a second year. Family Health Centers of San Diego will once again use the power of fun to raise money for a very real and compelling need: health care for the homeless.
Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) recently achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is now interviewing candidates for its new Family Medicine Residency Program. FHCSD will accept six residents per year for the three-year residency training program.
The Health Care Communicators of San Diego County hosts its HCC Morning Coffee Social on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Corner Bakery Café in the UTC Mall, next to Sears.
San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, health policy adviser to two presidents, joins fellow health care experts at a special forum on health care pricing and value-based purchasing, Thursday, Oct. 24, at AMN Healthcare in San Diego.
Kaiser Permanente San Diego has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for its inpatient diabetes care program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.
If there's one issue mid-sized and large businesses can't afford to ignore, it's health care reform.
Neighborhood Healthcare will host a free dental screening, sealant and varnish clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at Neighborhood Healthcare's Ray M. Dickinson Wellness Center located at 425 N. Date St. in Escondido.
The San Diego County Medical Society Foundation has announced it will host its second annual Héroes de la Salud event at the Abbey on Sept. 26.
San Diego City Councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez, and former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, all of whom are running for mayor in the special election Nov. 19, have confirmed they will participate in a mayoral debate at Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Spirit of the Barrio Luncheon on Sept. 27.
When Darlene Jackson, a flight attendant and Alpine resident was faced with the challenge of working full time and caring for her 87-year-old mother, she turned to the Senior Resource Centers at Sharp Grossmont Hospital for help.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) has completed their review of the Inspector General's recommendation regarding American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants for Family Health Centers of San Diego. They have determined that all $10.8 million in grant funding was appropriately allocated to allowable costs and no funds need to be returned.
Add between 1 million and 2 million people to the patient load of California doctors. Do not open any new medical schools or import many foreign-trained doctors. It’s a sure-fire way to create a doctor shortage — and just where California is headed right now.
An agreement has been struck between Cardium Therapeutics (NYSE: CXM) and researchers at Boston Children's Hospital to assess the medical utility of Cardium's FDA-cleared Excellagen.
Boston Medical Center (BMC), a 496-bed academic medical center and teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine, picked Solana Beach-based OneHealth Solutions Inc., to assist primary care patients with an online and mobile peer support platform.
The VA San Diego Healthcare System saw nearly 75,000 patients walk or roll through its doors to receive medical, surgical, mental health, geriatric, spinal cord injury and advanced rehabilitation services in fiscal year 2012.
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.
Thirteen Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California, including San Diego, have received an "A" Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization of employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
Scripps Health has won the right to acquire the asset for $16.55 million following a U.S. Bankruptcy Court auction against Sharp Healthcare on Tuesday.
Skylight Healthcare Systems named Lisa Romano chief clinical officer.
Dr. Alexander Garza, former assistant secretary for health affairs of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has been named as the medical director and homeland security adviser for Encinitas-based FirstWatch, a technology company dedicated to helping 911, EMS, fire, police, public health, and emergency management by harnessing the power of their data.
Amy Adome, M.D., M.P.H., has been named senior vice president of clinical effectiveness for Sharp HealthCare.
Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Goodwill are teaming up for the seventh consecutive year to commemorate Earth Day with a regional e-waste, recycling and donation drive.
The Grossmont Healthcare District and Sharp Grossmont Hospital held a joint groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a new Heart and Vascular Center on the hospital's campus.
MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS), and Sharp HealthCare, one of Southern California's largest integrated health systems, have entered into a clinical affiliation to enhance access to health care services throughout San Diego County.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) announced the election of University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center as an NCCN Member Institution.
Sharp HospiceCare will announce plans for its first South Bay hospice home at a site dedication event from noon to 1 p.m. on March 20.
Sharp HealthCare has been recognized as one of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, the leading business ethics think-tank. The seventh annual list highlights companies that outperform industry peers when it comes to ethical behavior.
Doctors and nurses at the new Palomar Medical Center ushered in a new era in patient safety recently with the first use of a wrist-worn device that measures patient vital signs and allows for continuous and remote wireless monitoring.
The American Nurses Association has honored six hospitals with the NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality, including Sharp Mesa Vista in San Diego.
Rebecca A. Samuels, D.O., an osteopathic physician affiliated with the Escondido-based internal medicine group Palomar Medical Group (PMG), was recently honored by the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) for excellence in the practice of Internal Medicine.
Tri-City Medical Center has purchased its second spine robot from Mazor Robotics Ltd., a developer of innovative surgical robots and complementary products.
Farrah Douglas joined the staff of the Tri-City Hospital Foundation on Dec. 12 as the executive director of major gifts and development.
According to recent studies, the treatment for the top one percent of patients with chronic conditions accounts for 25 percent of all health care spending by the privately insured. Between multiple hospital stays, emergency room visits and prescription drugs, medical spending for this group can quickly add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Physicians and medical experts agree that a collaborative and coordinated approach to treat chronic conditions is key to successfully improving the health and wellness of patients while also helping to address the growing costs associated with treatment.
Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) will host a fundraiser this holiday season to raise critical funds for the new Downtown Family Health Center, which will be located on the ground floor of the new permanent supportive housing facility in downtown, Connections Housing.
Following a recent tour by Union Bank of the new Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, the Palomar Health Foundation was presented with a $25,000 donation from the bank, in support of the Palomar Health Foundation’s Building Your Healthcare System of the Future Capital Campaign.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Preventing surgery-linked infections is a major concern for hospitals and it turns out some simple measures can make a big difference.
The city of Chula Vista and Sharps Compliance Corp. (Nasdaq: SMED), which provides solutions for managing medical waste, used health care materials and unused patient medications, announced a new program Wednesday aimed at medication disposal for all Chula Vista residents.
Beginning Oct. 26, about 20 special babies will start to move into their new, homelike, all-private rooms in Kaiser Permanente San Diego's newly constructed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
San Diego-based Dr. A. Brent Eastman was installed as the 93rd president of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Oct. 25 during Convocation ceremonies that preceded the opening of the 2012 Annual Clinical Congress in Chicago.
Family Health Centers of San Diego accepted two Onion Awards from the San Diego Architectural Foundation at the 2012 Orchids and Onions Ceremony on Oct. 11. The awards recognize the architecture of the new City Heights Family Health Center located at 5454 El Cajon Blvd. in San Diego.
Sharp Memorial Hospital was among the first stops for more than 120 national and international health care leaders during the 2012 Planetree Annual Conference recently.
Scripps Health announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a $3.75 million grant from the Qualcomm Foundation, to be used for the Scripps Translational Science Institute.
Pomerado Hospital and the Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion (POP) will be linked by more than a common name soon. An 84-foot-long bridge will connect the Poway hospital with the five-story outpatient facility and help ease access between the two buildings for patients, visitors, physicians and staff members.
Gary West, co-founder of West Health, doesn’t want to leave the fate of health care up to green visor-wearing bureaucrats puffing cigars in a dark room in Washington, D.C.
Sharp HospiceCare announced the purchase of its first South Bay hospice home. Located in Bonita, the 1.1-acre property will be the latest site of Sharp HospiceCare's unique living environments, designed for patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.
Sharp HealthCare announced its inclusion in this year's InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, Family Health Centers of San Diego will present its sixth annual family health and fitness fair ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Sharp HealthCare will host its annual Women's Health Conference, an interactive health-education experience that addresses the specific health concerns of women while reaching them in a warm, inspiring setting.
Larry B. Anderson, chief executive officer at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, has been recognized by Becker's Hospital Review as one of "300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know" nationwide. The list recognizes "men and women who have shown admirable dedication to the improvement of health care delivery" and "demonstrated great promise and skill to the American health care landscape."
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside has been selected as the premiere West Coast Preceptor and Mentor Training Center for Organogenesis Inc.
The San Diego Chargers and running back Ryan Mathews have teamed up with Kaiser Permanente to host the second annual Bolt to the Q 5K to help homeless moms and children get much-needed resources.
Tri-City Medical Center's North Coast Medical ACO is now one of 106 health systems nationwide -- and the only one in San Diego County -- chosen to operate a Shared Savings Accountable Care Organization (ACO) for Medicare patients.
Tri-City Medical Center has been recognized as the sixth best hospital in the nation for having one of the lowest readmission rates for heart attack patients.
Programs to promote healthy eating can substantially reduce the amount of unhealthy foods and beverages on school grounds if the programs focus on a school's specific needs and involve teachers, parents, staff, and administrators, according to a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study published in BioMed Central's open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
Jerry Gold, Ph.D., has been named San Diego County's Mental Health Person of the Year by a diverse committee of mental health providers and consumers. As administrator of the behavioral health clinical care line for Scripps Health, Dr. Gold oversees behavioral health services throughout the system.
Dr. Ted Chan, an emergency medicine physician with UC San Diego Health System and San Diego Beacon Community program leader, was one of 82 representatives from across the country whose progress in health information technology (IT) was recognized by the White House and Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C., at a White House Town Hall on Tuesday.
Nearly three months after the Supreme Court’s hearings on the health care reform law (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010), the justices are expected to announce their decision most likely on Thursday, June 28.
More than 400 new toys recently were given by the Mitchell Thorp Foundation Junior Advisory Board to Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside. About a dozen students delivered large storage bins filled with stuffed animals and other goodies to the Tri-City Healthcare District's Board of Directors.
Tri-City Medical Center was one of six businesses recently recognized by state Sen. Mark Wyland for participating in the WorkAbility I training program that partners local businesses with middle school and high school students in the Vista Unified School District.
Tri-City Medical Center, one of 10 hospitals nationwide performing robotic spine surgery using the Mazor Renaissance guidance system, is now one of the first hospitals worldwide to use an enhancement to that system that allows surgeons to immediately verify the placement of implants, significantly diminishing the need for follow-up procedures.
An agreement has been reached between the Palomar Health Center for Nursing Excellence and the University of San Diego’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science to form a partnership dedicated to integrating nursing research.
Did you hear the cheering emanating from Mission Valley last week? It wasn't due to an event at Qualcomm Stadium, but rather from health care leaders.
Tri-City Medical Center has received the American Heart Association /American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
Fraud, waste and abuse cost the Medicare program $48 billion in 2010, affecting one in 10 claims, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). It comes in many forms, but has one thing in common: We all pay for it through higher costs. That's a powerful reason why everyone should help identify, report and prevent fraud.
Palomar Health's second annual Earth Day events, taking place April 19 at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and April 20 at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, will showcase its comprehensive sustainability program. The events are free to the public and will also feature live entertainment, food and prizes.
Patient safety at Tri-City Medical Center took a leap forward recently with the introduction of a technology that makes it easier for nurses to check and log medications.
Kaiser Permanente San Diego is partnering with Goodwill Industries of San Diego County to host an e-waste collection drive on Thursday, April 19 from 6-10 a.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. at 4405 Vandever Ave. in San Diego.
Construction crews on Tuesday lifted 14 concrete panels into place for a three-story, 57,000-square-foot medical office building on the Tri-City Medical Center's campus.
The Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation has appointed Ann Braun as its new chief fundraising officer, according to a release.
The Tri-City Healthcare District can take its unfair business practice claims against Scripps Health to trial, an appellate court ruled last week.
Dr. Payam Moazzaz, a member of Tri-City Medical Center's Orthopaedic & Spine Institute, will give a free lecture titled "Advanced Robotic Spine Surgery" at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad.
Palomar Pomerado Health, a public health district in California, has shortened its name to Palomar Health and adopted a new logo.
Thirty-eight uninsured adults who have been suffering with pain, vision problems, and other debilitating conditions will receive free, life-changing medical treatments thanks to Kaiser Permanente and the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation (SDCMSF).
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan ranks highest in member satisfaction with health plans in California for a fifth consecutive year, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Member Health Plan Study.
Palomar Medical Center (PMC) in Escondido is the first hospital in San Diego County to be designated an Aetna Institute of Quality Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement.
Oceanside-based Tri-City Medical Center was recognized Feb. 25, by the North San Diego County NAACP for donating $5,000 toward the restoration of 14 signs along Mesa Boulevard that honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The physicians at Tri-City Medical Center were honored for their 50 years of service to the hospital with the unveiling on Feb. 22 of "Fathers of Medicine," a bronze sculpture depicting the three Greeks whose teachings laid the foundation for modern medicine -- Asklepios, Hippocrates and Galen.
Echocardiograms, the standard diagnostic tool in the fight against heart disease, will be available in 3-D at Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) thanks to the generosity of the Hedco Foundation.
Sharp HealthCare is navigating the changing payer and provider landscape by banking on two words: care management.
Against the backdrop of uncertainty created by health reform, employers are accelerating their efforts to bring health benefit costs under control.
When folks at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego started to explore how they could improve their system for tracking medical supplies, they heard that Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside was one of only a few hospitals using Pyxis.
The Tri-City Healthcare District is accepting grant applications from nonprofit agencies serving residents of Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista.
Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) has been named a top U.S. health system based on system-wide performance by Thomson Reuters, which rates hospitals across the nation.
The Community Health Improvements Partners, a San Diego nonprofit, has received a $1 million grant from Kaiser Permanente to promote healthy eating and active living in Lemon Grove through an alliance of community partners focused on improving community health.
Kaiser Permanente San Diego went live with solar power on Jan. 20, becoming San Diego County's first hospital to receive a significant amount of its energy from the sun.
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Kaiser Permanente will host free Get Healthy San Diego Workshops to the public every month in 2012 to provide the “latest research, advice and tools for San Diegans to kick-start a healthy lifestyle,” the health care provider said in a Friday release.
For the eighth consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente San Diego physicians and staff will honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering their time and services at three community organizations throughout San Diego County.
A seminar hosted by Tri-City on joint health will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, 10-11:45 a.m., at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave.
The Tri-City Healthcare District continues to develop the hospital campus with its purchase of .83 acre of land at 4000 Vista Way in Oceanside. The sale was completed Dec. 29.
In an effort to further the strategic development of Tri-City Medical Center, the Tri-City Healthcare District purchased a one-story, 6,123-square-foot medical building at 4120 Waring Road from Rady Children’s Hospital.
RoseMarie Reno, chairwoman of the Tri-City Healthcare District, has been named the recipient of the prestigious Public Service Award in recognition of her longstanding commitment to health care issues and her dedication to the public good through leadership and community service.
Larry Anderson, chief executive officer of Tri-City Medical Center, accepted the "Chamber of Commerce Award for Information Technology" from the San Diego North Economic Development Council in recognition of the hospital’s purchase of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.
Imagine you're a small business owner and you're asked to provide a service for a big client. You've delivered the product, it's consumed and you've been paid in full. But a few months later, the client comes back to you and says they didn't want that product after all and wants all their money back. Because the product was a consumable, you can't get it back but they are demanding payment anyway.
Tri-City Hospice, a program operated by the Tri-City Healthcare District, will hold its 12th annual Lift Up A Spirit Remembrance Service from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Main Lobby Area of the Tri-City Medical Plaza building at 2095 W. Vista Way, Vista.
Tri-City Medical Center and Interfaith Community Services, a North County-based nonprofit, announced that they have begun a collaborative effort to provide expanded services to residents struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
Arch Health Partners (AHP) has opened a new medical office in San Marcos, its latest addition of services for North County residents.
More than 350 participants gathered in La Jolla for the Wireless Health 2011 Academic/Industry Conference in October, 2011. The attendees represented a broad spectrum of academia, industry, government and clinical practice, representing 15 countries. They shared a commitment to the power of collaboration to improve access to health care by accelerating the development of innovative new wireless health products and services.
As part of a federal initiative designed to improve medical care through health information technology (health IT), several San Diego health care providers announced Monday that they are ready to launch a health information exchange (HIE) that will link area hospitals, clinics, ambulances, and other health care facilities electronically to improve communication and allow for the exchange of vital patient information.
In what will prove to be a huge roadblock for healthcare reform implementation in California, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved yesterday a state plan amendment (SPA) that will reduce Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates by 10 percent.
San Diego family physician and member of the San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS) and the California Medical Association (CMA) since 1985, James T. Hay, M.D., took over as CMA president at the close of its annual House of Delegates meeting on Oct. 17 in Anaheim, Calif.
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XiMED Medical Group and Scripps Mercy Physician Partners recently announced plans to collaboratively focus on developing a clinically integrated physician organization.
Forty-two uninsured adults who have been living with pain, vision problems and other debilitating conditions received free life-changing medical treatment, thanks to Kaiser Permanente and the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation (SDCMSF).
The county of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) was awarded a grant of more than $3 million for prevention of chronic disease in San Diego.
Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) expects to break ground early next year on the construction of a satellite health clinic on Main Street in Ramona.
Tri-City Medical Center will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a 57,476-square-foot medical office building on Friday, Oct. 14 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Are you having trouble getting pregnant? Attend a free seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 18 to learn about a surgical treatment for infertility called NaProTechnology that is being performed by Dr. Theresa Stigen, OB/Gyn, independent member of Fallbrook Hospital Medical Staff.
Tri-City Medical Center is hosting several events this month in conjunction with National Depression Month. Tri-City Medical is a designated depression screening site for adults and older adults.
The statewide Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) has named Arch Health Partners a top performing physician organization for the second consecutive year.
Patients and families touched by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Tri-City Medical Center over its 25 years of service are invited to a reunion and celebration of health on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The new Tri-City Medical Center Laser and Aesthetic Center in Carlsbad just passed a rigorous California Department of Public Health survey, making it the first hospital state-certified for laser and aesthetics.
CHA's Public Advocacy Program is launching a statewide patient-safety campaign that will showcase efforts by California community hospitals to reduce hospital-acquired infections and other preventable conditions like pressure ulcers and patient falls.
It has been called confusing, aggravating and unworkable by many, and a godsend by others. It is the Affordable Care Act, and private companies and even insurance carriers are still trying to figure out what it all means.
After taking a sharp hit during the recession, nonprofit organizations in San Diego County began to make a comeback last year, according to the first annual State of Nonprofits report released this month by the University of San Diego.
April 17, 2014 -- George Chamberlin speaks with Steve Scott, vice president and general manager of Large Groups for Anthem Blue Cross, about the impact of the Affordable Care Act.