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Tri-City Approves Agreement with County on New Psychiatric Health Facility

Oceanside CA— On Monday, the Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors voted unanimously, with one board member absent, in favor of an agreement with the County of San Diego to develop and operate a new 16-bed inpatient psychiatric health facility on the medical center’s Oceanside campus.

This agreement caps more than 18 months of discussion with the County to identify long term, sustainable solutions to meeting the behavioral health needs of patients in North County.

“Tri-City Medical Center has been a leader in providing behavioral health services for more than 35 years, and we are proud to support an agreement that will allow us to continue to serve in that leadership role well into the future,” remarked Leigh Anne Grass, chair of the Tri-City Healthcare District board of directors.

If approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors at the upcoming meeting on Jan. 14, costs of construction of the new facility would be shared between the County of San Diego and Tri-City Healthcare District. In addition to facility costs and associated lease terms, the agreement creates a new reimbursement methodology for mental health services provided by the medical center, incentivizing coordinated care and favorable patient outcomes.

About Tri-City Medical Center

Tri-City Medical Center has served its community for over 50 years and is a full service, acute-care hospital in Oceanside, CA with over 500 physicians practicing in 60 specialties. Tri-City Medical Center is licensed for 386 inpatient beds and maintains a daily census of 150 to 200 patients. Its Gold Seal of Approval® from the Joint Commission recognizes its commitment to safe and effective patient care for the residents of the community it serves. It operates the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in North County as well as the Orthopedic & Spine Institute, a Cardiovascular Health Institute and the Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center in Carlsbad, Calif. It also specializes in robotic surgery, cancer, women’s health, and emergency care. For more information about Tri-City Medical Center and Tri-City Healthcare District, please visit www.tricitymed.org.

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