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06/21/2024

Catheryn Yashar, MD, chief medical officer at Hillcrest and La Jolla hospitals at UC San Diego Health, describes some of the efforts underway to expand access to world-class care throughout San Diego County.

This expansion includes the 302-bed East Campus Medical Center, as well as new primary care clinics in Bankers Hill, East Lake and Carmel Valley. We're also revitalizing the medical center campus in Hillcrest, where a new outpatient surgical center will open in 2025, bringing the newest technologies and innovations to the community.

To learn more about exceptional care at UC San Diego Health, visit health.ucsd.edu

With public pools and access to swim lessons shut down during the pandemic, health officials are seeing an uptick in dro...
06/20/2024

With public pools and access to swim lessons shut down during the pandemic, health officials are seeing an uptick in drownings nationwide. Those at highest risk are the very young — ages 1 to 4 — and seniors aged 65 and older. Drownings are often fast and silent.

Learn more about water and pool safety: https://go.ucsd.edu/3Xix5LL

Did you know that immunotherapy harnesses the power of your own immune system to fight cancer? Unlike traditional treatm...
06/18/2024

Did you know that immunotherapy harnesses the power of your own immune system to fight cancer? Unlike traditional treatments, it specifically targets cancer cells, reducing side effects and improving outcomes.

Advantages of immunotherapy:

💥 It can reach diseased areas that surgeons cannot
💥It can attack cancer cells that are not rapidly dividing but are still capable of spreading the disease
💥It can train the immune system's "memory cells" for long-term anti-cancer protection

UC San Diego Health is among a select group of cancer centers nationwide that is actively working to expand your treatment options with new immunotherapy approaches, learn more:

Immunotherapy trains the body to fight cancers. We offer immunotherapy for breast cancer, colon cancer, head and neck, and blood cancers, among others.

Patients who are currently receiving treatment for their cancer diagnosis at UC San Diego Health can now receive same-da...
06/17/2024

Patients who are currently receiving treatment for their cancer diagnosis at UC San Diego Health can now receive same-day care at a new clinic dedicated to cancer patients.

Our highly experienced care team will promptly evaluate and treat patients for symptoms related to cancer care, such as nausea, vomiting and pain. The clinic also offers imaging, infusion therapy, lab tests and pharmacy services.

‌"Receiving a cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment comes with emotional and physical challenges. Our same-day clinic helps ease this burden by providing care in a comfortable and familiar environment," said Kailyn Tovey, PA-C.

Learn more: health.ucsd.edu/cancercarenow

Nothing ruins a cruise vacation like an outbreak of illness. 🤢🚢 According to the CDC, the most common illnesses on cruis...
06/16/2024

Nothing ruins a cruise vacation like an outbreak of illness. 🤢🚢

According to the CDC, the most common illnesses on cruise ships are respiratory illnesses, gastrointestinal infections and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

"Ships have close living quarters and communal spaces, which allow bacteria and viruses to spread more easily," said Jill Blumenthal, MD, infectious disease specialist at UC San Diego Health.

Learn how to stay safe on your summer cruise. ⬇️

Nothing disrupts a cruise ship vacation like an outbreak of illness — but by taking the proper preventative measures, you can help reduce the risk of seafaring sickness.

According to government sources, nearly 40 million people are addicted to illicit drugs worldwide. In 2017, the U.S. Dep...
06/14/2024

According to government sources, nearly 40 million people are addicted to illicit drugs worldwide. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency.

To combat the opioid epidemic, researchers UC San Diego School of Medicine will develop an AI model that will more accurately predict opioid addiction in high-risk patients.

“Controlled opioids in the health care setting are still an important part of adequate pain control and used for standard care. However, it is critical to know who is receiving these drugs and the risk it carries with some patients,” said Rodney Gabriel, MD, lead researcher for the project, chief of perioperative informatics in the Department of Anesthesiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine and clinical director of anesthesiology at UC San Diego Health.

UC San Diego School of Medicine part of $50M initiative to use predictive AI to help fight opioid abuse.

Grow with us! 🌱 On June 7, community leaders, hospital leaders, providers and community members gathered to celebrate th...
06/13/2024

Grow with us! 🌱

On June 7, community leaders, hospital leaders, providers and community members gathered to celebrate the expanding network of care at UC San Diego Health at the “Grow with Us” event at East Campus Medical Center.

At the event, patient family member Carrie Mayers spoke to the attendees about her experience while her husband was admitted. “As the wife, caregiver and patient advocate for my husband, I needed to make sure he was receiving the best care possible, and the team at East Campus Medical Center made sure of that,” said Carrie.

“I truly felt the commitment to our community as demonstrated through the care provided in this hospital,” said Carrie. “The medical team listened to us with intent and took wonderful care of my husband and me."

The community hospital, formerly known as Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and now part of UC San Diego Health, opened in 1972 and serves La Mesa, El Cajon and College Area neighborhoods.

“It’s been a journey to get to where we are now. It actually started about eight years ago in our efforts to imagine improved health care for San Diegans as we developed plans to revitalize Hillcrest Medical Center,” said Patty Maysent, CEO, UC San Diego Health.

“We knew then the significance of a hospital campus where we could offer increased care services, especially in behavioral health, that will position us as a role model of care for the state and country.”

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During a commemorative event, key stakeholders joined together at East Campus Medical Center at UC San Diego Health to celebrate increased health care access.

06/12/2024

You have now arrived at your health care destination. ✈️

Next time you're traveling, keep an eye out for our vibrant displays. We're excited to showcase our commitment to research, innovation and dedication to providing world-class care at the San Diego International Airport.

UC San Diego Health is ranked the #1 hospital system in San Diego for 2023-24 by U.S. News & World Report. And we’re among only 22 nationwide to make Honor Roll for outstanding patient care. We also rank among the nation's best in 10 medical and surgical specialties.

Safe travels and see you at the airport!

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Spring is in full swing and so is allergy season. 🌻 🌷 You may be a regular at your neighborhood pharmacy buying over the...
06/11/2024

Spring is in full swing and so is allergy season. 🌻 🌷

You may be a regular at your neighborhood pharmacy buying over the counter antihestimintes to combat the runny nose and itchy eyes, but did you know allergy shots could be a better option?

"Too often people don’t realize how much better they can feel once they land on the right treatment for their specific allergies," said Taylor Doherty, MD, chief in the division of allergy and immunology at UC San Diego Health.

Read about the advantages and disadvantages of each: self.com/story/allergy-shots

To learn more about allergy & immunology care at UC San Diego Health: health.ucsd.edu/care/allergy-immunology/

It’s a serious commitment, but totally worth it for some people.

Headaches are one of the most common disorders of the body’s nervous system, with 60 million Americans living with chron...
06/10/2024

Headaches are one of the most common disorders of the body’s nervous system, with 60 million Americans living with chronic migraine and headaches, according to the American Academy of Neurology. For many, this disorder causes lifelong disability.

UC San Diego Health has a multidisciplinary center that provides specialized care for such disorders, plus migraine and long-term side effects of traumatic brain injuries.

An interdisciplinary team of clinicians, surgeons, nurses, nurse practitioners and other specialists are available for each patient. Each clinic room is equipped with green light, which has been shown to decrease symptoms of headache, sensitivity to light and anxiety.

“From the lighting to the music choices, the center has been thoughtfully and meticulously designed to bring a range of treatment options and services to our patients facing headache disorders," said Christopher Kane, MD, CEO, UC San Diego Health Physician Group.

Learn more about headache and migraine care at UC San Diego Health: health.ucsd.edu/care/neurological/headache/

When Melissa De La O was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, also known as a vestibular schwannoma, she already knew abo...
06/08/2024

When Melissa De La O was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, also known as a vestibular schwannoma, she already knew about the condition because her father also had it 35 years prior. She chose UC San Diego Health for treatment because we lead the nation in the number of patients and positive treatment outcomes for this rare benign tumor.

We treat the most patients with acoustic neuroma and also provide personalized, multidisciplinary, compassionate care.

The surgeons were able to preserve Melissa's hearing, which was her main goal for the middle fossa approach surgery.

In fact, Melissa is now the patient navigator for our acoustic neuroma program. She applies her personal experience as she guides patients through the process to achieve the best results possible.

More about our acoustic neuroma care: health.ucsd.edu/care/ent/acoustic-neuroma/

When Melissa De La O was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, also known as a vestibular schwannoma, she already knew about the condition because her father a...

UC San Diego Health is the first hospital system in the region to offer a new breakthrough treatment for metastatic mela...
06/06/2024

UC San Diego Health is the first hospital system in the region to offer a new breakthrough treatment for metastatic melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

The personalized treatment is a cellular therapy derived from tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) and is the first solid tumor therapy on the market approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“The ability to provide cellular therapy holds the potential for remission for some patients with melanoma and provides a new tool to the growing number of options for patients whose cancer cells have spread from where they started to other parts of the body,” said Gregory Daniels, MD, PhD, professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and medical oncologist at UC San Diego Health.

As a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health is among the top 4% of approximately 1,500 cancer centers in the United States, and one of only 56 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation. Patients have access to personalized care by physicians setting treatment standards nationwide and access to clinical trials that are identifying promising, new therapy options.

Learn more about cancer care at UC San Diego Health:
health.ucsd.edu/care/cancer/

Breakthrough one-time cancer treatment option for select patients with metastatic melanoma and solid tumors now offered at UC San Diego Health.

In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, we reflect on the day Hayley Radosevich-Nelson received her last treatment at...
06/04/2024

In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, we reflect on the day Hayley Radosevich-Nelson received her last treatment at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. Hayley has since transitioned from patient to survivorship and beyond.

Hayley was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2022 and received personalized care at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. She expressed gratitude for her family, close friends and the multi-disciplinary team at UC San Diego Health for their support as she overcame the cancer and is now thriving in life.

"I felt my care was very personalized to my specific cancer," she said. "I would recommend UC San Diego Health to my family and friends because of the team approach they have when it comes to cancer care. Everybody working together for your health is incredible. I'm looking forward to so much in the years to come."

To learn more about Hayley's journey, check out her video at instagram.com/reel/CwBg8ZZAG0n/

For more information about cancer care at UC San Diego Health, visit: health.ucsd.edu/care/cancer/

At UC San Diego Health, we are dedicated to providing unparalleled patient care and leading-edge medical research. Being...
06/04/2024

At UC San Diego Health, we are dedicated to providing unparalleled patient care and leading-edge medical research. Being the only academic medical hospital in our region means we bring the latest advancements in healthcare directly to our community.

📚 Education: Training the next generation of healthcare professionals
🔬 Research: Leading innovative studies and clinical trials
❤️ Care: Providing comprehensive and specialized treatments

Thank you for trusting us with your health. Together, we’re shaping the future of medicine.

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Colon cancer isn't just a risk for older adults — it can affect young people too. Early detection saves lives, so being ...
05/31/2024

Colon cancer isn't just a risk for older adults — it can affect young people too. Early detection saves lives, so being aware of the signs is crucial.

Why It Matters: Colon and re**al cancer rates have risen among younger adults as rates have declined among older people, who are more likely to get colonoscopies that can catch cancers and precancerous lesions. Read more https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/24/health/colon-cancer-warning-signs.html

The most common warning sign for the disease is passing blood in the stool. Other signs include persistent abdominal pain or cramping, changes in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, fatigue/weakness and feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely, according to Joshua Demb, PhD, MPH, cancer epidemiologist at UC San Diego.

If you are experiencing these signs or symptoms talk to your physician about possible tests and screenings.

Learn about our cancer prevention, screening and diagnosis at UC San Diego Health: health.ucsd.edu/care/cancer/screening-diagnosis/

A new analysis of dozens of studies has identified the most common warning symptoms in adults under 50, whose rates of colon and re**al cancer are on the rise.

Trauma is a leading cause of death in the U.S., yet fewer than 8% of hospitals have a trauma center. UC San Diego Health...
05/30/2024

Trauma is a leading cause of death in the U.S., yet fewer than 8% of hospitals have a trauma center. UC San Diego Health has one of the top-performing trauma centers in the U.S. and has served as a model for trauma centers around the world, including centers at the World Cup and Olympic Games.

During national trauma awareness month, we recognize the outstanding trauma team at our Hillcrest Medical Center. Their lifesaving care often begins before the patient even arrives. health.ucsd.edu/care/emergency-trauma/trauma/

May is stroke awareness month so it's a good time to learn about the signs of a possible stroke. The BEFAST method ident...
05/29/2024

May is stroke awareness month so it's a good time to learn about the signs of a possible stroke. The BEFAST method identifies new symptoms or changes in: Balance, Eyes/vision, Face (changes in symmetry), Arm and leg weakness, Speech and Time.

Time is of the essence so seek medical attention right away if you have any of these stroke warning signs. UC San Diego Health treats the most complex stroke cases at our two comprehensive stroke centers in Hillcrest and La Jolla.

More about stroke care at UC San Diego Health: https://health.ucsd.edu/care/stroke-care/

May is Stroke Awareness Month so it's a good time to learn about the signs of a possible stroke using the BEFAST method to identify new symptoms or changes i...

UC San Diego Health mourns the passing of basketball hall of famer Bill Walton. Known locally as ‘Mr. San Diego,’ we wil...
05/28/2024

UC San Diego Health mourns the passing of basketball hall of famer Bill Walton.
Known locally as ‘Mr. San Diego,’ we will always remember him as a champion for health care.

Bill Walton, who died Monday at age 71, 'did everything for everybody, and loved this city ... like none other'

We express gratitude for the bravery of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Wishing everyone a Memori...
05/27/2024

We express gratitude for the bravery of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Wishing everyone a Memorial Day filled with reflection and appreciation.

Using an innovative surgical approach to remove an acoustic neuroma, a slow-growing, benign brain tumor, improved hearin...
05/24/2024

Using an innovative surgical approach to remove an acoustic neuroma, a slow-growing, benign brain tumor, improved hearing preservation and quality of life for patients while also presenting excellent facial nerve outcomes, according to researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

“We have found that patients with an acoustic neuroma could experience symptoms that significantly impact their overall physical and mental well-being,” said Rick Friedman, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine and neurotologist at UC San Diego Health. “There has been a definite benefit to surgery when we were able to save a patient’s hearing, which can directly affect their quality of life, instead of taking the conservative approach and waiting to operate until after they’ve already lost their hearing.”

To learn about acoustic neuroma program at UC San Diego Health, visit: https://health.ucsd.edu/care/ent/acoustic-neuroma

UC San Diego Acoustic Neuroma Program

UC San Diego School of Medicine study shows that an adanced, surgical technique to treat a benign brain tumor improves hearing, balance, and quality of life.

05/21/2024

Ron Edwards, senior security agent at UC San Diego Health, finds fulfillment in serving patients and ensuring a safe environment for all. Inspired by his supervisor, Lt. Jerry Gatewood, Ron thrives in the supportive, family-like atmosphere at UC San Diego Health.

Recently, the San Diego Padres and UC San Diego Health teamed up to honor Ron for his exceptional commitment to the community. Watch as he takes center stage, throwing the ceremonial first pitch at a game.

UC San Diego Health is the official health care provider for the San Diego Padres and takes pride in caring for world-class athletes and promoting healthy living in America’s Finest City. To learn more, visit health.ucsd.edu/padres

Join the team at UC San Diego Health: employment.ucsd.edu

05/20/2024

At UC San Diego Health, you have access to innovative, investigational treatments and therapies.

This is because our physicians are also researchers at the top of their fields. Together with their UC San Diego School of Medicine colleagues, they're continuously making discoveries to improve your health and quality of life.

Clinical trials are essential for advancing medical knowledge and finding new treatments. By participating in a clinical trial, you can contribute to groundbreaking research and potentially benefit from cutting-edge therapies.

To learn more about clinical trials at UC San Diego Health, visit health.ucsd.edu/care/clinical-trials/

We're expanding to serve you close to home. Our seventh infusion center for cancer care is now open in Rancho Bernardo. ...
05/17/2024

We're expanding to serve you close to home. Our seventh infusion center for cancer care is now open in Rancho Bernardo.

This added location expands comprehensive, convenient care to our patients who need intravenous treatments in North County.

As the region’s only academic medical center, we offer the latest breakthroughs in personalized therapies. To find our infusion therapy locations throughout San Diego, visit: health.ucsd.edu/care/infusion-therapy/

05/16/2024

Andres Schneeberger, MD, explains why you should seek out help for your mental or behavioral health concerns. Mental and behavioral health conditions are common and treatable.

UC San Diego Health offers general and specialty care services, including advanced approaches for hard-to-treat depression and other evidence-based therapies. Your care is customized to your unique needs and preferences.

More about exceptional psychiatric and behavioral health care at UC San Diego Health: health.ucsd.edu/care/behavioral-mental-health/

05/15/2024

Our exceptional nurses were honored with a special night at the ballpark Tuesday. ⚾

UC San Diego Health nurses of the year helped jumpstart the San Diego Padres pregame ceremonies which included the ringing of the bell, first pitch, an on-field tribute and a "play ball!" announcement given by the daughter of a UC San Diego Health nurse.

The celebration included a Joe Musgrove bobblehead giveaway, ballpark food and over 1,000 nurses mingling and rooting on the Padres.

A big thank you to our nurses for your tireless efforts and compassionate care. You truly make a difference every day. Let’s cheer loud and proud for our nurses!

UC San Diego Health is proud to be the Official Health Care Provider of the San Diego Padres. health.ucsd.edu/padres

New research shows that simply knowing parents are monitoring their behavior reduces teens' alcohol or drug use by 40 pe...
05/14/2024

New research shows that simply knowing parents are monitoring their behavior reduces teens' alcohol or drug use by 40 percent.

“Some parents think drinking or using drugs is something that kids are just going to do, no matter what,” said lead researcher William Pelham, assistant adjunct professor of psychiatry UC San Diego and psychologist at UC San Diego Health. “But that’s not true. Parents can make a difference. If teens know their parents are keeping track of them, that might be enough to keep many from drinking or taking drugs."

To learn more about behavioral and mental health care at UC San Diego Health, visit: health.ucsd.edu/care/behavioral-mental-health/

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2024-05-07/a-parents-watchful-eye-does-keep-kids-from-drugs-alcohol-study

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During National Hospital Week, we give an extra big thank you to our outstanding care teams, trainees, service support s...
05/13/2024

During National Hospital Week, we give an extra big thank you to our outstanding care teams, trainees, service support staff and volunteers who keep our communities healthy and safe.

Your individual contributions and team efforts are the reason UC San Diego Health earned a spot on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals National Honor Roll for the first time and once again ranked as the #1 health provider in San Diego.

"I am incredibly humbled to work alongside each of you. Together, we are Leading the Way in providing world-class health care by supporting our patients, our communities, and each other," said Patty Maysent, CEO, UC San Diego Health.

Find open positions in all professions: employment.ucsd.edu

Sometimes you need care for minor health issues, even if it isn't an emergency. Our team can provide same-day care at ou...
05/12/2024

Sometimes you need care for minor health issues, even if it isn't an emergency. Our team can provide same-day care at our Express Care clinics.

Reserve your spot online for same-day visits: health.ucsd.edu/expresscare

San Diego is among the top 10 U.S. counties with the highest number of Alzheimer's cases, according to the Alzheimer's A...
05/11/2024

San Diego is among the top 10 U.S. counties with the highest number of Alzheimer's cases, according to the Alzheimer's Association. It's also the third-leading cause of death for adults over 80 in San Diego County.

Listen as Ian Neel, MD, geriatrician at UC San Diego Health, talks about the risks and benefits of Alzheimer’s medications, addressing health disparities and the importance of early detection.

Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias take a heavy toll on individuals and their caregivers. New medications offer hope, but raise accessibility concerns.

UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest has garnered the “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality High Performer” designation from t...
05/09/2024

UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest has garnered the “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality High Performer” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s (HRC) 16th iteration of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey of the policies and practices health care facilities take to ensure equitable treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees.

“We have a deep commitment to ensuring that every patient, visitor and team member feels welcome, and experiences equal access to the world-class health care we provide,” said Patty Maysent, CEO, UC San Diego Health. “We are continually working to expand our offerings for the diverse communities that we serve.”

UC San Diego Medical Center earns “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality High Performer” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index.

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