Tri-City Medical Center

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Coordinates: 33°11′7.91″N 117°17′25.63″W / 33.1855306°N 117.2904528°W / 33.1855306; -117.2904528

Tri-City Medical Center
Community Owned
FoundedOceanside, United States (1961 (1961))
FounderCommunity Leaders (Business and Political)
Oceanside, California
United States
Area served
Tri-City, California
Key people
Steven Dietlin (CEO)
ServicesHeart Care, Orthopaedics, Robotic Surgery, Emergency Services, Women's Care, Cancer, Behavioral Health
RevenueUS$400 Million
Number of employees

Tri-City Medical Center (Tri-City or TCMC), founded in 1961, is a full-service, acute-care public hospital in Oceanside, California. Located 40 miles north of San Diego, Tri-City serves three major cities in the North County section of San Diego County: Oceanside, Vista, and Carlsbad. The hospital also owns and operates nearby outpatient services, as well as the Tri-City Health and Wellness Complex in Carlsbad, home to the Tri-City Wellness Center,[1] a 58,000-square-foot medically integrated training facility.

TCMC is administered by the Tri-City Healthcare District, a Health District of California.[2]


The Tri-City Medical Center was founded in 1961 after voters elected to form the Tri-City Hospital District, approving a bond issue to pay for the cost of land and construction. At the time, northern San Diego County was a rural area with little medical infrastructure, and community leaders from Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista knew the region needed a modern local hospital in order to grow. The finished product, originally named the Tri-City Hospital, was the outcome of their labor.

When Tri-City Medical Center first opened, it was a relatively small facility, with only 42 physicians on staff; as North County's population continued to grow, it quickly became apparent that the hospital would need to expand. In the 1970s, responding to demand, Tri-City added a cardiopulmonary lab, additional surgical suites, and a 42-bed maternity unit. In the 1980s, the hospital expanded further, adding a four-story wing and remodeling existing facilities. It also increased its range of services, creating a mental health unit and a dialysis center, and began providing cardiac rehabilitation. By the time Tri-City Hospital changed its name to Tri-City Medical Center in 1985, the hospital had also developed a magnetic resonance imaging center, a neonatal intensive care unit, and an updated emergency department.

Medical Specialties[edit]

As a full-service public hospital, Tri-City Medical Center provides a wide range of healthcare services, including behavioral health services, home health care, and rehabilitation services.[3] The following services, however, are considered to be its medical specialties:

  • Cancer: Accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, Tri-City's cancer service provides chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immune or targeted therapy, and radiation therapy treatment.[4] In 2016, Tri-City Medical Center became one of the first hospitals in San Diego County to offer intraoperative radiation therapy for patients with early-stage breast cancer.[5]
  • Emergency Services: The TCMC Emergency Department contains a San Diego County designated Heart Attack Receiving Center, as well a Joint Commission designated Primary Stroke Receiving Center.[6][7] The department provides 41 beds for critical injuries and illnesses, as well as six beds for less severe illnesses and injuries.[8]
  • Heart Care: Tri-City Medical Center's Cardiovascular Health Institute provides cardiothoracic surgery, interventional radiology, and vascular surgery, among other cardiological services. The recipient of the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Primary Stroke Centers, the Institute also became, in 2009, the first nationally accredited Chest Pain Center in San Diego County.[9]
  • NICU: Tri-City Medical Center has the second largest neonatal intensive care unit in San Diego County (second only to Rady Children's Hospital), and is the only Level III NICU located in North County San Diego.[10][11]
  • Orthopedics: TCMC's Orthopaedic and Spine Institute performs hip, knee, and shoulder replacements, as well as laminectomies and spinal fusions, among other orthopaedic procedures. In July 2012, Tri-City became the first hospital in San Diego County to perform a Vitamin E Total Knee Replacement.[12]
  • Robotic Surgery: Tri-City uses robotic systems to perform a number of surgical procedures, and is the only hospital in San Diego County with more than one such system: the hospital implements the Da Vinci Surgical System to perform select procedures in general surgery, gynecology, heart care, orthopaedics, and urology; the Mazor Robotic Renaissance System to perform select spinal surgeries; the Navio Surgical System to perform partial knee replacements.[13][14]
  • Women's Care: Tri-City offers pregnancy support through a childbirth center, programs and classes. The hospital also provides women's health services including mammogram screenings.


Tri-City Medical Center performs more than 20 clinical research studies a year, often in close affiliation with the University of California, San Diego medical staff. TCMC also conducts research in partnership with independent physicians and practices, regional pediatric care facilities, primary care facilities, and outpatient treatment satellites.

The hospital's research currently focuses in the following areas: breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, cellulitis, endocrinology, hematology / oncology, hepatology; infection, mental health, pneumonia, and stroke.[15]

Facilities and Current Operations[edit]

Tri-City Medical Center's main campus is located at 4002 Vista Way in Oceanside, California. Its fitness complex, better known as Tri-City Wellness Center is located at 6250 El Camino Real in Carlsbad. The 58,000 square foot facility is an integrated wellness campus that sets the stage for an environment focused on total well-being, ranging from day-to-day health maintenance to sports performance training and rehabilitation. Currently, two service lines, Physical Therapy and Cardiac Rehabilitation operate within the facility.

Adjacent to Tri-City Wellness Center, located at 6260 El Camino Real, is the award-winning Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine. Together, the hospital system has a partnership with more than 700 physicians and handles nearly 200,000 outpatient visitors a year, about 17,000 of whom are admitted.

The hospital's 388 licensed beds are utilized to a wide variety of ends. Tri-City treats around 92,000 patients a year on an outpatient basis and over 70,000 patients a year through its 24-hour Emergency Department. Tri-City also delivers nearly 2,600 babies a year.[11]

TCMC has been expanding its facilities in order to increase its range of services. In recent years, Tri-City has built the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute (2011), the Cardiovascular Health Institute (2010), the Tri-City Medical Office Building in Carlsbad (2010), the Tri-City Wellness Center (2009), and the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine (2008).[16][17][18]

UC San Diego Health and Tri-City Healthcare District finalized in August 2016 an agreement between the two organizations, entering into an affiliation designed to provide expanded health care to patients in North San Diego County.[19][20]

Community Involvement[edit]

Tri-City Medical Center sponsors the annual Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon. In 2016, this event featured nearly 7,000 participants from 47 states and 30 countries.[21]

In 2016, Tri-City Medical Center announced a three-year partnership with the American Heart Association to sponsor an annual heart walk in Oceanside, California, starting in September 2017.[22]


Board of Directors

  • Leigh Anne Grass, RN, BSN, PHN - Chairperson
  • Larry Schallock - Vice Chairperson
  • Julie Nygaard - Secretary
  • RoseMarie V. Reno - Treasurer
  • Rocky J. Chavez - Assistant Secretary
  • George W. Coulter - Assistant Treasurer
  • Tracy M. Younger - Board Member

Executive Management Team

  • Steven Dietlin - Chief Executive Officer
  • Barbara Vogelsang, RN - Chief Nurse Executive / Chief Clinical Officer
  • Scott Livingstone - Chief Operating Officer
  • Ray Rivas - Chief Financial Officer
  • Roger Cortez - Chief Compliance Officer
  • Susan Bond, Esq., LL.M., R.N. - General Counsel


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  2. ^ "California's Healthcare Districts". Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD). Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Medical Services". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Cancer Services & Treatment". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Tri-City Medical Center Launches Intraoperative Radiation Therapy for Early-Stage Breast Cancer Patients - Tri-City Medical Center". Tri-City Medical Center. 2016-08-10. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  6. ^ "Tri-City Medical Center Honored with Mission: Lifeline Achievement Award" (PDF). Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Quality Report |". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  8. ^ "Emergency Services". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Tri-City Medical Center Receives Re-Certification for Primary Stroke Center Designation" (PDF). Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Women and Newborn Services". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  11. ^ a b "2015 Annual Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  12. ^ "County's first Vitamin E total knee replacement performed at Tri-City Medical Center". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Premier Mazor Robotic Technology Purchased by Tri-City - Tri-City Medical Center". Tri-City Medical Center. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  14. ^ "San Diego Robotic Surgery". Tri-City Medical Center. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  15. ^ "Sponsors". Tri-City Medical Center. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  16. ^ "Tri-City Medical Center's Orthopaedic and Spine Institute Opening in April". Tri-City Medical Center. 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  17. ^ "Tri-City purchases Wellness Center & Medical Office Building". 31 July 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Tri-City Medical Center Opens the New Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine". Tri-City Medical Center. 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  19. ^ "Tri-City Healthcare District and UC San Diego Health Enter into an Exclusive Affiliation". UC Health - UC San Diego. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  20. ^ "Tri-City, UCSD finalize affiliation agreement". Retrieved 2016-08-30.
  21. ^ Loeschnig, Michael (20 January 2016). "Marathon draws 7,000 to coastal Carlsbad". Seaside Courier. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  22. ^ "American Heart Association announces partnership with Tri-City Medical Center | Seaside Courier News - North Coastal San Diego County". Retrieved 2017-09-14.

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