Foundation Raises Funds For Medical Equipment
The Tri-City Hospital Foundation spent $287,000 for the purchase of new cancer screening and cardiovascular assessment equipment for the medical center.
Funding for the purchase was raised by the foundation through several fundraising events held to benefit the Tri-City Medical Center, including its Baile event that raised more than $360,000, the foundation said.
Since its creation, the foundation has raised more than $39 million for the hospital’s facilities.
— Mike Allen
SmartDrive’s Vehicle Systems Are in Demand
SmartDrive Systems Inc. said April 27 that it received a blanket purchase agreement from the U.S. General Services Administration for its in-vehicle video recorders and driver feedback systems.
SmartDrive’s system uses video, audio and engine computer data to detect and record sudden stops, hard cornering, aggressive acceleration and excessive speed. It alerts the driver to fuel-wasting behavior via a system of light emitting diodes. The system also sends its video wirelessly to SmartDrive’s staff of safety analysts, who evaluate the behaviors.
The technology company says its systems can not only improve safety in general, but can improve fleet performance, fuel efficiency and carbon emissions.
SmartDrive is based in San Diego and employs more than 375 people worldwide.
— Brad Graves
Play Center Opens First West Coast Location
New York-based Kidville Inc., which operates upscale play and learning centers geared to young children and their families, has opened its first West Coast location in Carlsbad.
The center, owned by local franchisee Rup Malhotra, was scheduled to begin offering classes and events on May 3, at 6955 El Camino Real, Suite 101 in the Plaza Paseo Real.
Kidville offerings include developmental classes for children up to age 6 and birthday parties for those up to age 9. A statement said the Carlsbad location has an indoor play space, an in-house party planner, and a retail boutique carrying kids’ play clothes, accessories, gifts and toys.
Kidville was recently named “Best Tot Hot Spot” by New York Magazine. The company and its newly acquired division, JWT Kids Inc., operate a total of 43 centers worldwide, with several more in planning stages.
— Lou Hirsh
Swim Gear Maker to Host Soccer Tournament
An annual beach soccer festival, sponsored this year by prominent beach and pool gear maker SwimWays Corp., is expected to bring more than 30,000 people to Oceanside Harbor on May 13-15.
A SwimWays statement said more than 300 pro teams from around the world are expected for the 2011 Coop Beach Soccer Championships. According to a 2009 study released by the California Welcome Center and San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, more than 90 percent of festival attendees are families.
The festival began in 2007 and has free events open to the public. Virginia Beach, Va.-based SwimWays Corp. makes swim-related games and equipment under brands including SwimWays, Coop and Kelsyus.
— Lou Hirsh
Growing Engineering Firm Moves Local Office
Miyamoto International, a global structural engineering and earthquake engineering firm, has relocated its San Diego office to 5151 Shoreham Place in University City, the company said April 19. The company said it moved to its new office because the firm is growing.
Miyamoto is based in Sacramento. Jeff Crosier is principal of Miyamoto’s San Diego office. The firm’s local projects include a three-story medical office building at UC San Diego’s east campus, as well as the Miramar College Library and Learning Resource Center.
— Brad Graves