All four of Scripps’ hospitals have been named to the Cal Hospital Compare (CHC) 2020 Opioid Care Honor Roll. Scripps is the only healthcare organization in San Diego County to be recognized on the statewide list.

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Mercy Hospital (San Diego and Chula Vista campuses) have been ranked in the superior performance tier.

The honor roll recognizes 53 California hospitals for their progress and performance in promoting safe and effective opioid use, providing treatment for patients with opioid use disorder and providing access to naloxone to prevent opioid overdoses. More than 2,400 Californians died of and opioid-related overdose in 2018.

“This recognition reflects our team’s work to provide innovative patient are to combat our ongoing opioid crisis,” said Angela Rosenblatt, Scripps corporate director of pharmacy. Rosenblatt and Ole Snyder, M.D. co-chair the Scipps Opioid Stewardship Committee.

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The SANDAG board of directors approved the reinstatement of SR 125 toll violations beginning this week. Because of COVID-19, SANDAG had waved all toll violations on the South Bay Expressway back in April, including the practice of placing vehicle registration holds for non-payment of violations. FasTrack monthly maintenance fees were also suspended.

As the reinstatement of toll violations starts back up, SANDAG has stated it will offer temporary relief measures. The FasTrak account maintenance fee requiring minimum monthly toll usage will continue to be waived. In addition, the time frame to use Pay-by-Plate to pay a toll before receiving a violation will extend from the standard four-day period to 10 days.

“The long range goal is to eliminate the tolls a hundred percent,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas at the Dec. 18 SANDAG board meeting. “But we have to do it in a way that we meet our obligations to pay down the debt service… and with the suspension of violations, that’s getting harder and harder to do.”

The South Bay Expressway is a 10-mile stretch of SR 125 that runs through eastern Chula Vista between Otay Mesa Road and SR 54 in Spring Valley. Tolls range from 50 cents to $3.50 each way, depending on the distance driven and the use of FasTrak versus cash or credit.

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It’s January and that means it is time for the San Diego Business Journal’s annual Economic Trends panel discussion. The event will be held virtually this year from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Mark Cafferty CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. will return as their year’s moderator. Sponsors include C3 Risk & Insurance Services; Cox Communications; Deloitte; Kaiser Permanente; and Wells Fargo. The charity event partner is the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, go to sdbj.com/bizevents.