Dr. Dave Jones introduced Larry Anderson, the CEO of Tri-City Medical Center, who presented our program for the day.
Larry informed us that Tri City is now listed in the top 100 best hospitals and has been awarded several awards for their care and treatment of patients. Tri City has also entered into a “Joint Powers Agreement” with Fallbrook hospital. This will allow Fallbrook Hospital to keep its door open to provide primary and secondary care to its patients, and Tri City will also staff specialty medical clinics there. Fallbrook will agree to send its tertiary patients to Tri City for care that is not offered at their hospital. We all learned that there are four levels of care provided at hospitals:
Secondary care (acute)
Tertiary care (specialty surgery, such as coronary
bypass surgery and joint replacement)
Quaternary care (such as organ replacement and experimental surgery)
Tri City is also one of the few hospitals in the area with Da Vinci Robotic surgery system along with a Mazor Robotic Renaissance spinal system as well. Both systems allow for minimally invasive surgeries.
Larry also said that there is still a need for a new hospital, but the state requirement for a new one has been delayed for several more years. Hopefully no bond measure will be needed!
Tri City will also has begun treating the state’s prison population, and this has become another revenue stream for the hospital.