From Farmland to Full-Service Hospital
In the 1950s, the north coastal region of San Diego County was rural and had few services of its own. Community leaders knew that a modern local hospital was essential to the area’s growth. Business and political leaders from the surrounding cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista came together with the idea of creating a regional hospital.
Voters elected to form the Tri-City Hospital District and approved a bond issue to fund land purchases and construction costs. By 1961, the hospital opened its doors with 42 physicians on staff. Almost immediately, the need to expand was evident. North County’s population was growing and Tri-City Hospital was ready to keep pace.
Keeping Pace with Local Growth
Through the 1970s there was continual expansion of services, with additions of a helipad, cardiopulmonary lab, a 56-bed north wing, more surgical suites and a 42-bed maternity unit. The 1980’s brought more building, with a four-story wing added and existing facilities remodeled. New services were added, too, including cardiac rehabilitation, mental health unit and dialysis center.
By 1985, the official name of the hospital was changed to Tri-City Medical Center to reflect its growth into a comprehensive, regional facility. Patients were able to receive modern medical services and benefit from advances in technology, as TCMC developed a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and updated Emergency Department.
A lot has changed since 1961 and so has Tri-City Medical Center. We’ve provided over 50 years of service to San Diego’s North County and we proudly continue to be a leader in medical excellence, emergency preparedness and community service.