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Calendar >  Saving Tri-City Medical Center on Election Day

Saving Tri-City Medical Center on Election Day

By   /  October 13, 2016  /  4 Comments


Pat Murphy

Pat Murphy…Opened in 1961, Tri-City Medical Center serves San Diego County’s coastal communities of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista, as well as the surrounding region. Tri-City is administered by the Tri-City Healthcare District, a California Hospital District. Tri-City Medical Center is a vital resource for North County. It has the second busiest ER in San Diego County.

Tri-City Medical Center is a full-service, acute-care hospital with two advanced clinical institutes for cardiovascular and orthopedic care. Tri-City Medical Center has 397 beds and over 500 physicians practicing in 60 medical specialties and sub-specialties.

The hospital boasts State-of-the-art technology, two fully-digital Cardiac Catheterization Labs, the only Level III NICU in North County, a center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, and a Wellness Center in Carlsbad.
Additionally, The Hospital is nationally certified in both stroke care and heart failure by the American Stroke / Heart Association and has received the following accolades;

First Nationally Accredited Chest Pain Center in San Diego County.
National Certification for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center.
Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers.
Designated Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.
Designation for minimally invasive technology such as the Mazor Renaissance™ Surgical System.

However, Tri-City Medical center is almost “code blue”. The Hospital is on the verge of bankruptcy. Pending lawsuits threaten to take the hospital into critical financial instability that may not respond to resuscitation. Ray L. Rivas, the CFO of the Tri-City Health Care District, testified on Sept. 20, that a judgment in the amount of $12 million dollars against the hospital should be set aside because, “the District operates a hospital and requiring it to pay such amount would substantially interfere with the District’s ability to serve the health needs of its 700,000 constituents.”

My friends in the Vista Fire Department tell me that the impact to Vista, Oceanside, and Carlsbad would be catastrophic. Transporting injured and stricken people to San Marcos or Encinitas hospitals would result in longer and possibly life threatening trips. It would also result in taking these valuable resources out of the district for longer periods of time.

Despite the Certifications and Designations, Tri-City Hospital’s patient satisfaction rating has fallen to almost zero. This is reflected in a report by HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) that shows a steep decline since April of this year. Long wait times in the ER and an aging infrastructure are leading concerns to both patients and staff.

Voters can and should do something about this situation. This medical facility is needed by most residents of Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista. In your ballots for the election in November you will see 9 candidates that are running for the Tri City Hospital Board. Four of the candidates are incumbents. On Sunday October 9 they met at the Rancho San Luis Rey Mobile Home Park and held a forum. For those of you that missed this event (and for myself) I will attempt to meet with each candidate in the next two weeks to conduct small interviews. I have already interviewed one of the candidates for the Tri City Board. Stay tuned for the results.



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  1. John says:

    Tri City has been under terrible mgmnt for YEARS! WHAT ARE THESE LARGE LEGAL AWARDS FOR! HOW did the hospital fail so catastrophically? I personally have experienced their infamous ER wait and vowed 11 years ago to die before asking for even timely triage there.
    It all comes down to crappy management.

  2. Larry Anderson says:

    it is the Board, The Board is run by Carlsbad and the Carlsbad Mafia. Every decision is made in closed session and no one in the public knows what is going on. Even Board members themselves are excluded. Carlsbad is about to go through a major change when Cori Schumaker and Ann Tanner get on the Council. Tri City needs a dose of the same medicine. Elect a new Board. Judge Frank Gould, business woman Marggie Castellano, Nurse, Leigh Ann Grass and Nurse Rosemarie Reno need your help to bring Tri City back into the sunlight.

    • Rena Marrocco says:

      You’re one to talk Larry!! After you threatened me during the last election cycle when I was running for this board. In addition, you lied to Mayor Jim Wood about endorsing your slate and told him that it wouldn’t affect me in the least. Based upon your actions, there is no doubt in my mind that you are a person who is bankrupt of morality and decency.

      • Kevin anderson says:

        Says the woman who couldn’t get elected to a hospital board if her life depended on it… By the way, Telling you to stop stealing campaign signs isn’t a threat. Also, stop stealing campaign signs.

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