SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Padres confirmed Tuesday that they reached a multi-year agreement for UC San Diego Health to become the baseball team's official healthcare provider.
The move ends a 36-year relationship between the Padres and Scripps Clinic.
Under the agreement, Dr. Catherine Robertson will coordinate a team of UC San Diego Health doctors and staff members who will care for Padres players at UC San Diego Health facilities, during spring training and the season at Petco Park.
Robertson, an orthopedic surgeon, was previously the Chargers' team doctor and was the lead physician in a partnership between UC San Diego Health and the U.S. Olympic Committee. UC San Diego Health had partnered with the Chargers until the NFL franchise relocated to Los Angeles.
"This is the first time in more than three decades that the Padres have changed health care providers, so it was a decision we took very seriously,'' said Padres Executive Vice President and General Manager A.J. Preller.
"We ultimately chose UC San Diego Health because of their pioneering work in research to help prevent injury and re-injury,'' Preller said. "As we continue to look into innovation in different areas of baseball operations, including player care, we thought the combination of their clinical care and research would serve us well.''
UC San Diego Health and the team plan to collaborate on outreach and awareness efforts to promote healthy living and disease prevention in the local community, including free wellness screenings to the public at some Padres events.
Viewing events for Monday's solar eclipse, in which 57 percent of the sun will be covered for a time in San Diego, are scheduled to take place around the area.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during Monday's eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.
People across the country are getting ready to view an historic solar eclipse. News 8's Chief Meteorologist Matt Baylow headed to a small town in Wyoming to view it and brings us the story.
If you're planning on watching Monday's solar eclipse you'll need to head east as morning clouds along the coast will likely block those near the beaches from seeing the celestial event.
In San Diego, the "Great American Eclipse" will have maximum visibility at 10:23 a.m. Monday, August 21. Southern California residents will have about 60 percent darkness at that time.
With just a week to go, many people across the U.S. are buzzing about the "Great American Eclipse."
Hundreds of people rallying against illegal immigration and counter-protesters opposing their stance were squaring off today along the shore at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center and other social justice groups held a rally against hate in response to the Alt-Right rallies held across the country in recent days.
A whale watching boat spotted a whale four miles off the coast of Point Loma entangled in fishing line.
A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist in the Mira Mesa community of San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.