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Hospital War Centers Around Achieving Better Payer Mix
Health Leaders Media

A decades-old hospital war erupted Thursday when the University of California announced plans to build a $664 million, 245-bed medical center next to its 119-bed facility in affluent La Jolla—minutes from Scripps Health’s two flagship hospitals and the 236-bed VA facility.

UCSD said it plans to scale down its existing 386-bed hospital in Hillcrest, near downtown San Diego, which now serves large segments of the poor, and move Hillcrest imaging, advanced surgery, neonatal intensive care, and women’s services to its new Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla by 2016.

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