SAN DIEGO-University of California San Diego Healthcare Network has expanded its provider organization through affiliations with local hospitals and medical groups. The UCSD network has signed with 231-bed Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in San Diego and its physician groups, Alvarado Associates Medical Group, Encompass Medical Group and NOVA Healthcare Medical Group. Together, the groups bring 80 primary-care physicians and 200 specialists to the network, which now has four hospitals and 10 medical groups consisting of 1,000 physicians. Last month, the UCSD network reached a formal agreement with Physicians Independent Medical Group, a 32-physician multispecialty group in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., to jointly operate four Centre for Health Care centers. They will offer laboratory, radiology, physical and occupational therapy, urgent care and outpatient surgery.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-California Gov. Pete Wilson has proposed a $55.4 billion state budget package that would virtually eliminate preventive healthcare services provided for illegal immigrants and shift new responsibilities for health and welfare programs from the state to county governments. However, the success of the governor's proposals hinges on the assumption that California's recession will end and that the federal government will give the state $2.3 billion to pay for services extended to illegal immigrants, including emergency medical care. The governor is counting on receiving about $600 million in increased federal aid to care for California residents who are recipients of welfare and Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.
WATSONVILLE, Calif.-Watsonville Community Hospital, a 130-bed hospital that sustained an estimated $40 million in damage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, last week secured commitments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and two other organizations to help fund construction of a $67.4 million replacement hospital. Hospital executives said FEMA will provide grants and loans totaling $54.4 million to relocate and build a 100-bed, three-story acute- and critical-care facility. Another $4.4 million will come from California's State Office of Emergency Services in addition to an $8.6 million loan provided by Seagate Technology, a Scotts Valley, Calif.-based manufacturer of computer data storage products. The company is extending the loan as part of a deal with the hospital, which will acquire Seagate's 27.5-acre site and vacant 200,000-square-foot building for $19.6 million.