Tri-City, Kaiser Permanente partnership expands patient services
OCEANSIDE — Tri-City Medical Center is now able to offer emergency services, surgeries and more for Kaiser Permanente members, according to a recent statement.
On July 1, Tri-City announced its expanded services through its new partnership with Kaiser Permanente, increasing medical access to its North County members.
“We are thrilled to bring greater access to our members in North County,” states Jane Finley, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente San Diego.
Part of the Tri-City Healthcare District, Tri-City Medical Center is a 386-bed general acute care medical center in Oceanside. The hospital offers a variety of orthopedic, primary care and urology clinics in the region, and leads in orthopedic, spine and cardiovascular health services.
It also houses North County’s largest Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and is known for its robotic surgery and emergency care services.
Kaiser Permanente provides health insurance to more than 12.5 million members across eight states and the District of Columbia.
Tri-City Chief External Affairs Officer Aaron Byzak said Kaiser Permanente recognizes the need for more medical services closer to home for its North County members.
Byzak explained that prior to the newly formed partnership, Kaiser Permanente members who are taken to the emergency room at Tri-City would have to be transferred out to a Kaiser “plan hospital” for inpatient hospital care.
Now, Kaiser Permanente members can be admitted through the ER and receive inpatient hospital care, allowing them to stay there instead of being transferred. Kaiser members also have access to surgical services and specialty procedures at Tri-City.