Struggling premature babies get high-tech medical help Tri-City Medical Center NICU partners with UCSD Medical Center on telemedicine program
OCEANSIDE, Calif. - An innovative program is connecting neonatal specialists by video from the UCSD Medical Center to Tri-City Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to help diagnose and treat the Oceanside hospital’s most difficult cases. In some cases, by bringing additional expertise in by video, the partnership will in most situations eliminate the need to transport the tiny patients out of the medical center.
“Through our new telemedicine program with the UCSD Medical Center Division of Neonatology we can produce a faster diagnosis and better chance for our hospital’s youngest and most vulnerable patients to continue to be cared for close to home and loved ones,” explained Dr. Hamid Movahhedian, Tri-City NICU Medical Director and Vice Chair of Pediatrics.
“In addition to allowing earlier diagnoses, we will be able to use this program in a host of ongoing educational programs, and support UCSD and Tri-City Medical Center’s goal of continuously improving the overall quality of patient care,” said Dr. Neil Finer, UCSD Medical Center Director of Neonatal Medicine. “We look forward to a close and productive working relationship with Tri-City Medical Center.”
The innovative telemedicine program with UCSD Medical Center’s Division of Neonatology is the first of its kind in the county. The program’s equipment and maintenance is being funded by Proposition 1D Bond, funds provided to UCSD allowing for the state-of-the-art telemedicine equipment to improve health care for currently underserved populations in California. A grant from Tri-City Hospital Foundation will cover Tri-City physician’s out of pocket expenses.
The telemedicine program allows physicians, nursing staff and other health care professionals to learn various diagnoses first hand by viewing the live video stream.
The NICU at Tri-City Medical Center cares for 500 to 600 premature infants each year in its 20-bed nursery, the largest in North County. The NICU opened in 1986 and today is the only Level III NICU in North County, providing the highest level of neonatal care and most advanced technology available in the region.
About Tri-City Hospital Foundation
Tri-City Hospital Foundation is a link between the community and the hospital. Since its creation, the Foundation has raised over $42 million. Many of the hospital's most mission-critical facilities have been supported in whole or part by Foundation initiatives. For more information or to become a donor please visit www.tricityhospitalfoundation.com.
About Tri-City Medical Center
Tri-City Medical Center is a Joint Commission gold seal accredited, full-service, acute care hospital with two advanced clinical institutes and over 500 physicians practicing in 60 specialties. Administered by the Tri-City Healthcare District which includes Oceanside, Vista and most of Carlsbad, Tri-City is celebrating 50 years of caring for the community. For more information about Tri-City Medical Center, please visit www.tricitymed.org.