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$14M Pomerado Center to Provide Comprehensive Care for Women

Palomar Pomerado Health’s 10,406-square-foot women’s center is expected to start accepting patients in February.

The Jean McLaughlin Women’s Center for Health and Healing opened this month on the first floor of the 175,000-square-foot Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion in Poway. The pavilion opened in May as part of a $28 million phase I expansion of Pomerado Hospital.

The $14 million center will provide a comprehensive look at women’s health, according to Diane Key, service line administrator for women’s and children’s services at Palomar Pomerado Health.

A breast center, perinatal testing center, wellness center, lactation consultation and nutrition/weight management programs will be available at the center. A retail boutique selling wigs, turbans and scarves will be available for cancer patients as well.

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The center is also introducing state-of-the-art technology such as digital mammography.

“It allows women to come back for a variety of services,” Key said. “And not only diagnosis, but we can look at health prevention, wellness, education and support groups.”

Adjacent to Pomerado Hospital, the center will also offer time-share opportunities for women’s health physicians. Four offices will be available for a half-day per week.

There are 10 full-time employees, Key says.

A grand opening is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9. Matt McLaughlin established a $4 million charitable planned gift toward the women’s center in honor of his late wife, Jean.

Palomar Pomerado Health operates the 324-bed Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and 107-bed Pomerado Hospital in Poway.

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A New Wound Care Center:

Tri-City Medical Center began accepting patients at its Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine this month.

The center, which is staffed by four full-time employees and a panel of eight physicians, can treat up to 30 patients a day. It has four examination rooms and two hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Total cost was $647,000, according to Vernon Pertelle, senior director and assistant vice president at Tri-City Medical Center.

It is located on Thunder Drive in Vista across the street from Tri-City Medical Center. The facility is one of three wound care centers in North County. Palomar Pomerado Health operates the other two centers in inland North County.

About 1 percent to 2 percent of people nationwide with chronic wounds are getting care, according to Dr. Paul Haydu, a certified wound specialist and medical director at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Chronic non-healing wounds such as diabetic foot wounds, pressure ulcers and compromised skin graphs are ailments commonly treated at the wound center.

As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the need for the treatments that the Center for Wound Care can provide is increasing, says Haydu.

The average length of treatment is 12 weekly visits. About 10 percent to 15 percent of the wound care patients will undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy, receiving high concentrations of oxygen in a pressurized chamber to accelerate the healing of wounds and infections. The cost for treatment was not available.

“Our job is to prevent amputation,” he said. “The cost of amputation is more than wound care treatment.”

Tri-City Healthcare District operates Tri-City Medical Center, a 397-bed, acute-care hospital serving residents of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and other parts of North County. The Ocean & #173;side hospital had operating expenses of $241 million in 2006, according to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, to rank ninth on the most recent San Diego Business Journal Hospitals list.

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Skin Authority President Adding Healthy Touch To Radio:

The president of Carlsbad-based Skin Authority LLC will host an Internet radio program about skin health, beginning in February. Skin Authority says it helps customers improve the health of their skin.

The new venture will pair Celeste Hilling and other members of the skin care industry for a weekly news program called “Skin Health Today,” according to a news release from Skin Authority. It is aimed at adults 25 to 50 years old.

The show will be available through World Talk Radio , a network with more than 70 hosts , as well as the program’s Web site, partner sites or by mobile on-demand. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

World Talk Radio is a division of Modavox Inc., an online media distribution company based in Phoenix.

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Scripps Health Ranks Among Top Employers:

For the first time, Scripps Health is on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

The San Diego-based health system ranks 56th and the decision was based on features such as its adoption aid, increased tuition reimbursement (by 50 percent) and subsidized health insurance for low-income workers.

Qualcomm Inc., a wireless technology company that ranks No. 8, is the only other organization in San Diego County to make the 11th annual list. Mountain View-based Google Inc. tops the list, which was released online Jan. 22 and is scheduled to appear in the magazine Feb. 4.

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