Gift with a Two-to-One Matching Gift of up to $1.2M
Oceanside, CA, (October, 2020) – The David C. Copley Foundation has awarded Tri-City Hospital Foundation with a two-to-one matching gift of up to $1.2M that will become the cornerstone of a redesign of Tri-City Medical Center’s emergency department (ED), a major resource for emergency and critical care for the North County coastal community.
Kim Koch, Chief Operating Officer of the David C. Copley Foundation (previously the Helen K. and James S. Copley Foundation) stated, “The Foundation appreciates the value and importance of reliable medical care, looks for organizations that can make life better for the people they serve and feels Tri-City Hospital falls within this category. Tri-City Hospital is the people’s hospital and the services it provides to North County San Diego are vital. Tri-City’s Emergency Department needs a facility update and the Foundation wants to help them make this happen. It is the Copley Foundation’s hope that a matching grant challenge will inspire others to contribute so that Tri-City can move forward with these state-of-the-art changes to its Emergency Department.”
Jennifer Paroly, President, Tri-City Hospital Foundation, stated, “We are excited to partner with the David C. Copley Foundation and are honored by their trust in us and their commitment to our community hospital.”
Once funded, this project will completely renovate the medical center’s emergency room entrance, patient and family waiting area, lighting, triage area, and Station A, one of three major treatment areas in the ED. This redesign will improve upon Tri-City Medical Center’s already excellent outcomes by streamlining the triage process to decrease wait times and improve the patient experience.
Steve Dietlin, President & CEO, Tri-City Medical Center added, “The emergency room is very much the front door to our hospital. This thoughtful and generous gift and this emergency department redesign project reflect our ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality of care and improving the experience for our patients and their families.”
Tri-City Medical Center, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2021, is home to acclaimed emergency room based programs in heart attack and stroke care, recently receiving five gold and gold plus awards in these areas from the American Heart Association as part of their Get With the Guidelines program.
In addition to being an ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) receiving center, a designation showing their capabilities in treating deadly heart attacks, the medical center is also a stroke receiving center. Tri-City earned Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) certification from The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), making it the first hospital in North County and only the 36th hospital nationwide to earn the certification. Tri-City Medical Center earned the TSC certification by meeting rigorous standards for performing mechanical endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a specialized surgical procedure that saves lives by removing blood clots from the brain during an ischemic stroke.
A long-time leader in the treatment of strokes, Tri-City Medical Center was one of the sites chosen for the landmark National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke rtPA Acute Stroke Trial, which established current rtPA stroke care best practices, introducing clot-busting medication for treating stroke patients.
Tri-City Medical Center treats thousands of chest pain patients and hundreds of stroke patients annually and its interventional radiology team was noted by the New England Journal of Medicine in 2018 for achieving treatment rates that were among the top three best in the country.
In addition to its outstanding reputation in cardiovascular and stroke care, the ED pioneered Code Caleb, a unique partnership between the emergency department and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to treat critically-ill babies at the earliest stage of life. Tri-City Medical Center also has longstanding relationships with local fire departments and emergency medical services agencies to expedite care, leading to fast and life-saving treatment.
Construction is slated to begin on the emergency department redesign in 2021.
For more information about the emergency department redesign and ways to give, please visit https://tricityhospitalfoundation.org/what_you_can_do/redesign-tcmc-emergency-department.html.
About Tri-City Hospital Foundation … Through the joy of philanthropy, the Tri-City Hospital Foundation strives to build and support the best community hospital in California.
About Tri-City Medical Center … Tri-City Medical Center has served our community for nearly 60 years and is one of the largest employers in North San Diego County. As a full-service acute care hospital with three primary care clinics and over 500 physicians practicing in over 60 specialties, Tri-City is vital to the well-being of our community and serves as a healthcare safety net for many of our citizens. The hospital has received a Gold Seal of Approval® from the Joint Commission showcasing a commitment to safe and effective patient care for the residents of the community.
Tri-City Medical Center prides itself on being the home to leading orthopedic, spine and cardiovascular health services while also specializing in world-class women’s health, robotic surgery, cancer and emergency care. Tri-City’s Emergency Department is there for your loved ones in their time of need and is highly regarded for our heart attack and stroke treatment programs. When minutes matter Tri-City is your source for quality compassionate care close to home. The hospital operates the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in North County. Tri-City partners with over 50 local non-profit and community organizations as part of our COASTAL Commitment initiative. Together we are helping tackle some of our communities’ pressing health and social needs.
For more information about Tri-City Medical Center and Tri-City Healthcare District, please visit tricitymed.org.
David C. Copley Foundation … The David C. Copley Foundation’s mission is to carry on the Copley family’s legacy of giving by funding nonprofit organizations making a difference in the areas of human services, military and military veterans, youth development, medical and medical research, education, arts and culture and animal welfare, especially those programs and services improving the life or opportunities of the underserved in the San Diego area. For additional information, please visit copleyfoundation.org.