University of California, San Diego

During the month of November, the University of California offers employees the opportunity to review their benefit plans and make changes in their coverage, or choose a new health care provider under an existing plan. Like many of our employees and their families, I use the excellent, comprehensive health services provided by our superb UCSD faculty physicians. We are very fortunate to have such convenient access to UCSD's outstanding faculty physicians, who are nationally renowned for the high quality, state-of-the-art medical care they provide. UCSD is a regional referral center providing the most advanced medical care available for such common disorders such as cancer, heart disease
and neurological disease. Patients literally come from around the
world seeking care from UCSD specialists who are pioneers in their fields of expertise. Primary care and specialty services are conveniently offered on the La Jolla campus, in Mira Mesa and in Hillcrest, with urgent care, emergency care and hospitalization provided at the John M.
and Sally B. Thornton Hospital and UCSD Medical Center--Hillcrest.
The expanded UCSD Healthcare Network provides even more options for employees and family members, with more than 1,000 physicians throughout the county now affiliated with UCSD. You can choose a primary care provider from the many outstanding physicians who practice internal medicine and family medicine, and for your children and teenagers you also have the option of selecting a pediatrician or adolescent medicine specialist from the UCSD Center for Child and Adolescent Health. UCSD physicians and services are available to you if you are covered by UC Care, Health Net, PacifiCare or Prudential. I hope you will take some time to learn more about the choices available to you through UCSD's system of health care during open enrollment. In addition to benefits information, you should be receiving information about UCSD Healthcare Network in the mail. If you haven't selected a UCSD physician or affiliated physician as your primary care provider, I urge you to review this material carefully and consider making a change. You can call 543-UCSD (543-8273) for additional information to help you make your choice.
Richard C. Atkinson