Tri-City Medical Center. Photo courtesy of TCMC.

Tri-City Medical Center. Photo courtesy of TCMC.

Tri-City Medical Center (TCMC) was named 'Business of the Year' in the Large Company category at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce's 2022 CBAD Awards, held earlier this month (May 20) at The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa.

The CBAD Awards recognizes business distinction and achievement within the city and the surrounding region. 

TCMC was recognized for innovation in robotic surgery, the team's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital's award-winning community outreach initiatives and upcoming facility development projects including a remodeled Emergency Room, installation of a new 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) suite and the construction of a 16-bed, adult inpatient Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) in partnership with the County of San Diego. 

Other finalists in the Large Company category included Quidel and Legoland California Resort.

Chamber officials said TCMC’s "far-reaching" community initiative, the COASTAL Commitment, was a standout in their award nomination. COASTAL, which stands for Community Outreach And Support Through Active Leadership, is a partnership with more than 80 nonprofits collaborating to address some of the region’s top healthcare access and social needs. 

One key project is SOCAL -- Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning -- a workforce development program created by TCMC in partnership with local business and education partners, including the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego North Economic Development Council, to inspire and train the next generation of professionals across multiple emerging industries.

“The COASTAL Commitment is an opportunity for Tri-City Medical Center’s staff to cultivate community improvement programs and share their knowledge to elevate the next generation,” said Aaron Byzak, chief external affairs officer at TCMC and a member of the Carlsbad Chamber’s board of directors.

On-hand to receive the CBAD award was Tri-City Healthcare District Board Member George Coulter and executive team members Dr. Gene Ma, Roger Cortez, Jennifer Paroly and Aaron Byzak.

"I am incredibly proud of the Tri-City Family for their stalwart dedication to our community and mission," said Steve Dietlin, president and CEO of TCMC. "This award belongs to every member of our team."

Several of TCMC’s COASTAL Commitment partners also took home awards at this year's event. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank North County took home Nonprofit of the Year. Mitchell Thorp Foundation took home the Community Impact Award and Ryan Video Production won the Kind Company Inspiration award.