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Baby Boomers and The Need for An Independent Lifestyle

Statistics show that most baby boomers have a strong desire to remain independent as they age. These hardworking Americans are turning their noses up at the idea of spending their golden years in a strange nursing home. They have an unshakeable yearning to live life at home as long as possible. This factor, combined with advances in modern medicine that are helping seniors live longer, has set the stage for more home care franchise opportunities than ever before.

Millions of Americans Need Home Care Right Now

Research by the University of Alabama shows that more than seven million people in the U.S. need some form of home care. This fact is bolstered by the rising trend of "aging in place." Seniors not only want to be self-sufficient - they wish to remain at home, where the surroundings are familiar and family is near. Always Best Care nurtures this need by providing quality in-home care that helps both the seniors in need and their families.

When you implement Always Best Care's proven business model, your senior care franchise in San Diego, CA will become a pillar in your community. You will be part of a highly regarded, reputable organization that others will respect. While you refine your reputation and earn respect, you'll be living an entrepreneurial lifestyle that lets you make a difference in other people's lives.

Recession Resistant, Essential, and Rewarding

Great entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for recession-resistant franchising opportunities. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, in-home care is now an essential service -- one that will continue to be needed, regardless of the economy. No matter what hurdles we must overcome, one thing is for sure: people will always need care.

At Always Best Care, our proven franchise model enables hundreds of dedicated franchisees the opportunity to achieve financial freedom in the most uncertain times. Our award-winning training program provides franchisees with the tools to succeed and the stability they need.

Always Best Care is one of the fastest-growing senior care franchise systems because our franchisees are more than just business owners, they are compassionate professionals dedicated to helping others. Perhaps most importantly, their home care business lets them care for people in their community while building a rewarding business for themselves.

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Corporate Support

Our experienced corporate team works with new in-home care franchise owners to provide comprehensive training for you and your staff, marketing resources, performance metrics, turnkey operating tech, systemwide benchmarking, national accounts, and customer satisfaction support.

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Local Support

Your local Area Representative and our National Directors work with all new franchisees to arrange mentoring opportunities, communications and team-building strategies, and ongoing strategic planning. That way, you have a leg up in your market and access to key resources to build your confidence as you develop your business.

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Assistance with State Licensing

Your Always Best Care franchise development specialist will make sure you have contact information in your state to complete any state licensure requirements. We link you to the nation's top health care licensure consultants, thus allowing you to discover the most cost-effective and time-efficient procedures to get your license, launch your business, and begin serving your community.

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Exclusive, Protected Territories

Each Always Best Care franchise territory is protected and exclusive to you using zip codes in your state.

Our powerful combination of corporate and local support paves a clear and proven path for new Always Best Care franchise owners to succeed. And with your initial training, field training, and ongoing support, you always have access to Always Best Care repesentatives as you grow your senior home care business.

Get Started on Your Journey

If you have made it this far, it's now time to learn more about Always Best Care and the enriching opportunity that lies ahead. If you are ready to turn your dreams of living an entrepreneurial lifestyle into reality, you're closer than ever before. By downloading our free E-Book , you're taking the exciting next steps towards building a home care business that makes a true difference in your community.

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Deadly Waters: Customs Agents Explain Dangers of Human Smuggling off San Diego Coast

The mission of U.S Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations Unit is to save lives, which is a hard thing to do amid dangerous offshore conditions. Despite the deadly waters, CBP says they’ve seen an increase in human smuggling off San Diego’s coast, and agents blame smugglers who disregard the threat of the open ocean and prey on people who dream of a better life in the United States.“The environmental factors -- it’s cold, they don’t have proper clothing, food or water,” CBP ...

The mission of U.S Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations Unit is to save lives, which is a hard thing to do amid dangerous offshore conditions. Despite the deadly waters, CBP says they’ve seen an increase in human smuggling off San Diego’s coast, and agents blame smugglers who disregard the threat of the open ocean and prey on people who dream of a better life in the United States.

“The environmental factors -- it’s cold, they don’t have proper clothing, food or water,” CBP Agent Evan Wagley explained. “They’re really in bad shape when we find them. Most of the time, they don’t have flotation devices and many of them can’t swim.”

CBP says smugglers sometimes have to navigate waves up to 12 feet high, often times in pangas or recreational boats that aren’t hard to capsize.

“The amount of space between the top of the boat and the waterline is extremely short, and that can lead to capsize very easily,” Agent Wagley said.

When boats to tip, passengers don’t have long until they start to experience hypothermia.

“Shock, you start getting numbness of your extremities, fingers ,arms and legs making hard to swim and eventually drown,” Agent Wagley added. That’s why Air and Marine Unit agents say every second is precious when they spot smuggling vessels in the open sea.

One migrant told NBC 7 he spent more than 80 hours in a 30-foot panga with 12 people trying to make it to San Diego from Baja California. He said there wasn’t a minute along the excursion when he didn’t fear for his life.

Since October, 229 illegal maritime crossing attempts were made in the San Diego sector, an approximate increase of 80%, according to CBP. There were 356 during all of 2021.

“The ocean can be very dangerous for someone who is inexperienced,” U.S. Coast Guard Officer Carlos Lopez said. He’s participated in hundreds of maritime rescues between San Diego and Baja California. “Boats capsized because of the wind, waves and the surf that comes in from one side, and the wind waves from the other side making it a dangerous condition.”

There are also dangerous rock formations hiding in the cover of night which can also build up kelp that can jam propellers. And down by the border, there’s a buildup of offshore surf where boaters don’t typically expect it. The CBP says these extreme conditions can present the perfect trap for inexperience boaters, leading to tragic loss, like when a 40-foot boat carrying more than two dozen people capsized near Point Loma last May.

CBP agents say Human smugglers make migrants believe that crossing by sea is easy, fast and safe, when the reality is, the sea can turn into a monster at any second.

Now that it’s summertime and weather conditions are more favorable, CBP says smugglers will try to blend with the boat traffic. In response, CBP will have more Air and Marine agents ready than ever before.

“We have top of the line radar, top of the line infrared cameras on our vessels,” Agent Wagley said. “These boats are pretty fast, so once we make contact with one of those smuggling boats, chances are it’s not going to get away.”

Despite advanced technology, agents say it’s impossible to know what happens in every corner of the more than 200 miles of ocean they patrol...

“What is most unfortunate is the people we don’t know about. There’s probably pangas out there that have capsized and everyone is around and we have no way of knowing when that happens,” Wagley said.

San Diego’s busiest freeways, hottest destinations: 4 things to know before traveling this 4th of July

Despite gas prices and flight cancellations, AAA projects record holiday travel for Independence Day weekend. Pack the sunscreen, grab your red, white and blue garb and get ready because this Fourth of July is going to be one of the busiest on record for vacationers. With 3.3 million Southern Californians expected to travel this coming holiday weekend, AAA says it will be t...

Despite gas prices and flight cancellations, AAA projects record holiday travel for Independence Day weekend.

Pack the sunscreen, grab your red, white and blue garb and get ready because this Fourth of July is going to be one of the busiest on record for vacationers. With 3.3 million Southern Californians expected to travel this coming holiday weekend, AAA says it will be the third busiest Fourth of July behind 2018 and 2019.

A forecast by AAA projects trends for local travelers during the period of Independence Day holiday travel from June 30 through July 4.

Whether you’re catching a flight or packing a camper van to hit the road here are some things you need to know before traveling.

The good news — gas prices are going down … slightly. As of Tuesday, San Diego gas prices are at $6.32 per gallon — a 5-cent drop from a week ago, according to AAA.

To be honest, you might not even notice this incremental decline at the pump because prices are still at record highs, even adjusted for inflation. A year ago, regular gasoline cost about $4.23 per gallon.

Despite today’s record-high gas prices, AAA reports that most people will be traveling by car this summer. An estimated 2.7 million Southern Californians are projected to hit the road for the holiday weekend, which is still down from pre-pandemic levels but a slight increase from last year.

“The volume of travelers we expect to see over Independence Day is a definite sign that summer travel is kicking into high gear,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel. “Earlier this year, we started seeing the demand for travel increase and it’s not tapering off. People are ready for a break and despite things costing more, they are finding ways to still take that much-needed vacation.”

If you’re planning on hitting Southern California highways, the I-5, I-10, I-405 and CA-57 are expected to be the busiest on the Thursday and Friday before July 4, says transportation analytics firm INRIX.

“Even with gas hitting record prices, travelers are still eager to hit the road this summer. We expect nationwide travel times to increase about 50 percent compared to normal. Drivers around major metro areas must be prepared for significantly more delays,” says Bob Pishue, transportation analyst for INRIX.

As for coming back from any road trips, AAA says the least hectic days to travel will be Sunday — the day before the holiday — or on July 4.

“Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic,” Pishue said. His advice: Avoid traveling on Thursday and Friday before July 4.

If you must drive on Thursday the best time is before 7 a.m. or after 8 p.m.; Friday before 10 a.m. or after 9 p.m. and Saturday before noon or after 7 p.m.

About 426,000 Southern Californians are expected to take flights this holiday. (For context, that’s 10 times the number of fans it takes to fill the stands at Petco Park.)

Even after the weekend of Juneteenth and Father’s Day saw many airlines cancel thousands of flights — citing bad weather and staff shortages — it seems like people aren’t shying away from air travel.

Sabrina LoPiccolo, spokeswoman for San Diego International Airport said that with summer officially in swing travel demand has escalated to the point where, on average, the airlines have nearly 30 percent more seats available for those flying in and out of the San Diego airport, compared to a year earlier.

“This July 4 holiday, we expect to see the highest number of passengers we’ve seen since the pandemic began, likely within 10 percent of record peak levels at the airport,” she said.

With this in mind, she said it’s also expected that many airlines will continue to have delays and cancellations due to staffing shortages and weather in other parts of the country.

For people going through San Diego airport specifically, they also need to factor in construction at Terminal 1. LoPiccolo said travelers should allow extra time to navigate the airport and get through security.

“The best advice we can give is to plan ahead,” she said. “Before you head to the airport, check with your airline to see if there have been any changes to your flight. Make plans to get dropped off, take public transit, or if you want to park onsite at the airport make parking reservations.”

San Diego is the runner-up for top travel destination for SoCal residents, right behind Las Vegas, according to AAA survey data.

If it’s any consolation though, being No. 2 means more beach for us locals. Other top spots include the Grand Canyon, Mexico and Yosemite — all just a road trip away for San Diegans.

Bookings for air, car rentals, cruise, hotel and tours are up 60 percent for domestic destinations and up 25 percent for international destinations year over year according to AAA data.

Earlier this month, the government dropped the requirement for travelers entering the U.S. to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.

“We expect that the recent lifting of the COVID testing requirement for air passengers re-entering the U.S. will continue the increase in demand for international vacation bookings that we are already seeing this summer,” said Heather Felix, the Auto Club’s vice president of travel products and services.

Across the country, AAA says U.S. travelers are heading to Orlando, Seattle and New York. As for international destinations, Paris, London and Vancouver, Canada are at the top of the list for Independence Day travelers.

Top Concerts In San Diego This Weekend | June 23 – June 27

Jack Black, Boyz II Men, Debbie Gibson, and Zooey Deschanel are just some of the highlights in our list of San Diego concerts this weekend! Now, go out there and have some fun!Show 7:30PMIn 1986 in Buffalo, New York, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac formed Goo Goo Dolls. After 30 years together, this alternative pop rock group has sold 15 million records worldwide with hits including “A Boy Named Goo”, “Dizzy Up The Girl” and “Boxes.”Doors 7PM, Show 8PMA ower duo hailing from San Di...

Jack Black, Boyz II Men, Debbie Gibson, and Zooey Deschanel are just some of the highlights in our list of San Diego concerts this weekend! Now, go out there and have some fun!

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In 1986 in Buffalo, New York, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac formed Goo Goo Dolls. After 30 years together, this alternative pop rock group has sold 15 million records worldwide with hits including “A Boy Named Goo”, “Dizzy Up The Girl” and “Boxes.”

Doors 7PM, Show 8PM

A ower duo hailing from San Diego, Outside the Frame fuses the energy and aggression of punk and hard rock with both introspection and elan to create a driving sound all their own.

Show 8PM

Amazing! Pumped! Inspired. Rocked. Journeymen bursts with intensity and pulls audiences out of their chairs at every performance. All the Journey mega-hits with transcendent vocals,

Doors 7PM, Show 8PM

Puddle of Mudd is an American rock band formed in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1991. To date, the band has sold over seven million albums and has had a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles in the United States.

Doors 7PM, Show 8PM

Calexico is an imaginative American multi-instrumentalist duo whose roots-influenced music draws on highly eclectic influences, from Tex-Mex to indie rock.

Doors 7PM, Show 8PM

Universe Peoples will journey through 2 sets — performing: Originals, Jams disguised as Grateful Dead & Phish, playing Multi-Genre Rock and More!

Friday, June 24

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Country star Sam Hunt had one of the top country albums in 2020 landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. SOUTHSIDE features 12 songs written by Hunt, including “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s”, “Hard To Forget” and GRAMMY-nominated smash, “Body Like A Back Road.”

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Lodato is a New York-based EDM DJ and producer whose hard-driving remixes and original tracks have received extensive club and radio airplay. Two of his collaborative singles, 2016’s “Older” (with Joseph Duveen) and 2018’s “Doomsday” (with VASSY), have reached number one on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart.

Doors 8PM, Show 9PM

SHADED has a signature sound. It’s a weaving combination of driving, psychedelic vibes and funk inspired textures. His sound is undeniable in character, and whilst his production style is constantly evolving, he always stays true to his Southern California roots.

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Mitis is an artist in the purest sense, pouring his soul into every release. With millions of streams across all platforms and multiple charting releases, MitiS has built a devoted and loyal fan base helping to propel his artistry to the next level.

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She & Him feature the somewhat unlikely pairing of country-folk artist, M. Ward and actress/singer/songwriter, Zooey Deschanel. With fourteen songs – 11 Deschanel originals and 3 covers – She & Him’s Volume 3 is an effortlessly effervescent, bleached-out-in-the-sun pop record.

Doors 8:30PM, Show 9PM

Metalachi performs classic metal covers from artists like Metallica fused with classic mariachi by Vicente Fernandez and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. Their setlist is punctuated by comedic interludes and skits.

Show 10PM

Cassie B’s music draws from the rich sounds of Motown soul and funk that she grew up listening to. She loves creating feel good music that makes you want to move.

Doors 9PM

Calling all Dancing Queens! Here we go again! If you can’t get enough ABBA then do we have a dance party for you. Gimme Gimme Disco is a DJ-based dance party playing all your favorite ABBA hits, plus plenty of other disco hits from the 70s & 80’s.

Show 7PM

A surf rock band from Southern California, Sun Room was formed in the summer of 2020 by singer/guitarist, Luke Asgian. Sun Room’s music sounds like summer brought about by the beach culture and sunny town they grew up on.

Show 10PM

Canaan Cox is the definition of an entertainer. His music fuses contemporary country with the energy of pop and taste of R&B.

Show 8PM

Who’s Bad’s power-packed tribute to Michael Jackson has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as jaw-dropping, musical must-see.

Doors 7PM

Jerry “Hot Rod” DeMink is an international performing artist who has spent many nights playing shows across the country and abroad. Hot Rod is a diverse guitarist with deep roots planted in the soul of America’s home bred music.

Saturday, June 25

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Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic groups in music history. The group redefined popular R&B and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across all generations, having penned and performed some of the most celebrated classics of the past two decades.

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A chart-topping songwriter and Grammy-nominated frontman, David Nail has spent a decade leaving his unique mark on modern country music.

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As leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty is an American legend. With a mix of blues, country, pop, rock and R&B, Fogerty’s talent continues as a solo artist and an extended album was released on his 75th birthday in 2020.

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JOYRYDE is a multi-hyphenate talent who brings his signature style and taste to the worlds of fashion, directing, and production design. He emerged into the music scene in 2016 and his journey has been as unique as the man himself.

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Growing up with a mother who was a minister and choir director, Travis Greene says that gospel music “was like oxygen in our house, always part of my life,” and no artist inspired him and strengthened his passion for God more than 12-time Grammy winning legend, Kirk Franklin.

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DIABLO has started a digital record label known as “FOOLISH CULT RECORDS” which includes a radio show (FOOLISH CULT RADIO) that gives the opportunity for producers to be featured on the site and radio show worldwide. He started this label/collective to further expand himself as an artist and an entrepreneur of dance music as a whole.

Show 7PM

Australian band, Last Dinosaurs, deliver a sound that harks back to the rhythmic 2000s indie of bands like Phoenix, the Kooks, and Two Door Cinema Club, serving sharp and polished dance-rock.

Show 10PM

With show-stopping talent and extreme passion, Cassie B Project stops at nothing to create an extraordinary experience you’ll never forget.

Doors 7PM

Jeff Bernat (born December 11, 1989) is a Filipino-American singer, songwriter and record producer. He debuted in 2012 with the album, The Gentleman Approach, and developed a significant fan base in South Korea after the album track, “Call You Mine,” was featured on the 2014 Korean drama, You Are My Destiny.

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From the producers of Perfect World Entertainment comes The Spazmatics. All the awesome sounds, styles, and way cool dance steps from the 1980’s decade we’d love to forget. Complete with skinny ties, Brill Creamed hair, and horn-rimmed glasses,

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Canaan’s latest single “As You Leave” was released in January 2022 and received marquee playlisting on Spotify including New Boots, Wild Country, Breakout Country, and Next from Nashville and was highlighted in Amazon’s Breakthrough Country playlist.

Show 8PM

The Fab Four is a California-based tribute band paying homage to The Beatles. Founded in 1997 by Ron McNeil, a John Lennon impersonator, the group began performing Beatles music throughout Southern California.

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Acclaimed pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui’s transcendent and haunting melodies have long sought to build bridges. Her sonic cultural exchange has reached the hearts and minds of fans throughout the world and has allowed the pianist to work alongside icons Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masekela and Bob James.

Sunday, June 26

Doors 7PM, Show 8PM

Debbie Gibson burst onto the music scene at 16 and instantly became the youngest artist in history to write, produce and perform a number one hit, “Foolish Beat.” She is still the youngest female and has held the world record for over three decades.

Doors 7PM

After finding increasing commercial success in the late 2010s, Gera made history with 2021’s “Botella Tras Botella,” which became the first-ever regional Mexican song to debut on the Billboard Hot 100.

Show 8PM

Tenacious D is a Los Angeles-based comic rock duo formed by actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Rightfully hailed as “the greatest band on Earth,” the super-sized acoustic metal/comedy duo Tenacious D was an unlikely success story.

Show 9PM

Art D’ecco is a boldly androgynous singer and songwriter who combines glam rock, post-punk, and synth pop into a subversively catchy sound and vision.

Show 8PM

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band is a collection of four very different musicians creating a new sound from the greatest music ever written by the greatest band ever… The Beatles. S

Doors 10AM, Show 10:30AM

The Performance Program is School of Rock’s hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year.

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With more than 15 players, La Adictiva plays music from the state of Sinaloa, Mexico. Originally from the town of Mesillas Concordia, Sinaloa, the band began a path in music 24 years ago.

Doors 7PM

Robin’s performances often include stories and anecdotes regarding the history of the blues and the unique vintage instruments he performs with. He is a four time recipient of “Best Blues” at the San Diego Music Awards.

Monday, June 27

Doors 6:30PM

Pulling from influential artists like blink-182, 5 Seconds Of Summer, The 1975, Phoenix and All Time Low, Girlfriends is destined to cross boundaries and inspire massive sing-alongs with energetic hooks, fury, and optimistic swagger.

Show 6PM

Chickenbone Slim is an original Blues/Americana touring artist based in San Diego, CA. Signed in 2021 to Vizztone Records, Chickenbone is garnering national and international attention with his unique roots sound. Mixing blues with west coast swing, rockabilly and roots rock.

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Here's where kids can find free meals all summer across San Diego County

Feeding San Diego, along with other local groups are providing free, nutritious meals to kids five days a week this summer.SAN DIEGO — San Diego youth will be provided free, nutritious meals this summer as Feeding San Diego and other local non-profit organizations tackle food insecurity for students.The Summer Food Service Program will provide hunger-relief services at 22 meal sites across San Diego County.Children 18 and under can receive a...

Feeding San Diego, along with other local groups are providing free, nutritious meals to kids five days a week this summer.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego youth will be provided free, nutritious meals this summer as Feeding San Diego and other local non-profit organizations tackle food insecurity for students.

The Summer Food Service Program will provide hunger-relief services at 22 meal sites across San Diego County.

Children 18 and under can receive a free breakfast, lunch, or snack to eat daily at one of the meal sites.

The effort partners Feeding San Diego along with other hunger-relief non-profit partners, recreation centers, and libraries across the county to distribute prepared meals to kids five days a week.

According to data from California Department of Education, there are nearly 500,000 kindergarten through 12 students in San Diego County, and over 240,000 of those students rely on free or reduced-price meals while in school.

During the break from school, that means nearly 50% of San Diego County students could access to nutritious meals.

Anyone in need of food assistance can find more resources here.

A Step Beyond 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA 92025

Any Body Can Youth Foundation 3131 Market St. San Diego, CA 92102

Any Body Can Youth Foundation 1962 Euclid Ave. San Diego, CA 92105

Armed Services YMCA 3293 Santo Road San Diego, CA 92124

Boys and Girls Club San Marcos – Loschser Branch 1 Positive Place San Marcos, CA 92069

Boys and Girls Club San Marcos – Zable Branch 413 Autumn Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Casa De Salud 1408 Harding Ave. National City, CA 91950

Cesar Chavez Recreation Center 455 Sycamore Road San Ysidro, CA 92173

Golden Hill Recreation Center 2600 Gold Course Drive San Diego, CA 92102

John Landes Recreation Center 2855 Cedar Road Oceanside, CA 92056

Julian Pathways Inc. 1704 Cape Horn Julian, CA 92036

La Maestra Youth Center 4135 Fairmount Ave. San Diego, CA 92105

Melba Bishop Recreation Center 5306 North River Road Oceanside, CA 92057

Memorial Recreation Center 2902 Marcy Ave. San Diego, CA 92105

Montgomery Waller Recreation Center 3020 Coronado Ave. San Diego, CA 92154

Ocean Discovery Institute 4255 Thorn St. San Diego, CA 92105

Oceanside Public Library 330 North Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

ProKids City Heights 4085 52nd St. Oceanside, CA 92105

ProKids Oceanside 821 Douglas Drive Oceanside, CA 92056

South Bay Recreation Center 1885 Coronado Ave. San Diego, CA 92154

VCC Balderrama 709 San Diego St.Oceanside, CA 92124

VCC Libby Lake 4700 North River Road Oceanside, CA 92057

WATCH RELATED: San Diego County food banks are seeing more first time users (March 2022).

Sharp Receives $500K Grant From Cox

The donation will help fund the Prebys Innovation and Education Center's five simulation labs.June 22, 2022To help transform health care in San Diego, the James M. Cox Foundation has awarded Sharp HealthCare Foundation a $500,000 grant for its technology immersion lab at the future Prebys Innovation and Education Center in Kearny Mesa.The James M. Cox Foundation is the charitable arm of Cox Enter...

The donation will help fund the Prebys Innovation and Education Center's five simulation labs.

June 22, 2022

To help transform health care in San Diego, the James M. Cox Foundation has awarded Sharp HealthCare Foundation a $500,000 grant for its technology immersion lab at the future Prebys Innovation and Education Center in Kearny Mesa.

The James M. Cox Foundation is the charitable arm of Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications.

The James M. Cox Foundation donation will help fund the Prebys Innovation and Education Center's five simulation labs, where nurses and other medical caregivers will learn technical acute and soft skills.

The simulation rooms will provide hands-on training to prepare workers for an ICU environment and simulate the chaotic nature of an emergency room. They also will incorporate technology, with enhanced audio and visual capabilities, that will improve training, observations, and debrief sessions.

Construction is underway on the center, located on the campus of Sharp HealthCare's headquarters at 8695 Spectrum Center Blvd. in Kearny Mesa. It is expected to open in spring 2023.

"We are extremely grateful to the James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Communications for their long-standing support of Sharp and the San Diego Community," said Bill Littlejohn, senior VP and CEO of the Foundations of Sharp HealthCare.

In addition to the $500,000 grant, Cox Communications previously made a $75,000 donation to the project. Both donations were made during a match campaign by the Conrad Prebys Foundation, which brings the grants' impact to a total of $1.15 million.

"Sharp HealthCare is transforming how it serves our San Diego region, and Cox is proud to support its efforts as a technology partner and with this James M. Cox Foundation grant," said Ingo Hentschel, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications. "Our founder, for whom the Foundation is named, believed strongly in giving back to the communities we serve … "

The Cox donation also will fund meeting spaces and an auditorium where medical professionals locally and from around the world can share best practices, brainstorm innovative approaches to health care and tackle important medical issues. The 375-seat auditorium will utilize technology to bring audio capabilities and a better interactive experience to those who are hearing impaired.

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