Naval Medical Center
Navy Medical Center
34800 Bob Wilson Dr, San Diego, CA 92134
Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) is the Pride of Navy Medicine. It has played an important role in the history of San Diego for over 80 years. The hospital started in 1917 as a tent dispensary and is now a high-tech, ultra modern facility. The mission has remained constant to provide the finest medical care in a family-centered care environment to the operational forces, their families, and to those who served their country in the past.
Naval Medical Center San Diego is first and foremost a military command. The center has five medical mobilization teams including the hospital ship USNS Mercy whose personnel are drawn from the hospital staff. These teams deploy to the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia at various times during the year. It is the center’s mission to insure Sailors and Marines onboard those ships have access to quality medical care, if needed.
Throughout its proud history, Naval Medical Center San Diego has established itself as a leader in the field of medicine. That reputation for excellence continues today as the staff propels NMCSD into the 21st century.
There are approximately 250,000 people in San Diego County eligible to receive care at NMCSD, with nearly 100,000 enrolled. This care is provided by more than 6,200 military and civilian staff.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a California school, children should be five years old by September 1st to be eligible for kindergarten. The law also required school districts to develop a transitional kindergarten program for children who will no longer be age-eligible. Check with the school for requirements.
In 2010, California along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Family Forces Counseling
Family Forces has been providing outpatient counseling services for the military community in the San Diego region and surrounding areas for over a decade. They are dedicated to helping those who serve and their families. They understand the unique stressors that the military lifestyle presents and they are here to help you through those challenges. All Tricare members are welcome, whether they are active duty, retirees, reservists or dependents.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
California Department of Human Resources 916-324-0455
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
San Diego Children Services 619-528-4000
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
San Diego Animal Services 619-767-2675
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
San Diego Dept of Public Health 619-229-5400
Highway Patrol 619-220-5492
Base Operator 619-556-1011
Dental Headquarters 619-556-8240
EFMP Family Support 619-556-7404
ID/CAC Card Processing 619-556-9248
Legal Services and JAG 619-556-2211
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255
Balboa Naval Hospital, also known as Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), is located in the heart of San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive military medical centers in the world, with nearly every kind of doctor and specialist available. The hospital provides medical care to active duty, dependents, and retirees. Facilities include a 272-bed hospital, 18 operating rooms, 2 Fisher Houses, 2 gyms, basketball and volleyball courts, and a softball field. This Balboa Naval Hospital directory features the critical info you’ll need to navigate through the many facilities and recreational opportunities available on base.
2 miles from base
Mission Hills is centrally located to both Hillcrest and Old Town. It’s within walking distance to Washington St. with all of the restaurants, Vons, and Scripps Mercy. There’s also a grocery store just down the street.
5.7 miles from base
Del Cerro is right of the freeway across from SDSU. Easy commute to 32nd st, trips to the beach, La Jolla and shopping at both mission valley and fashion valley malls. Neighborhood is established with large trees and sidewalks, community pool near by as well as local grocery store and several restaurants.
In San Diego, the summers are short, warm, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cool, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 77°F and is rarely below 44°F or above 84°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit San Diego for warm-weather activities is from early June to mid October.
The cost of living index in San Diego, CA is 146, which is 6% higher than the California average and 46% higher than that for the entire country.
Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. The cost of retail goods and services in San Diego, CA are 6% lower than the average for California and 3% higher than the rest of the country.
Welcome to San Diego, California’s second-largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of beaches and a gentle Mediterranean climate means paradise every day. Bordered by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, San Diego County’s 4,200 square miles offer immense options for business and pleasure. It can take years to discover all this diverse area has to offer; the following are just some of the highlights. Remember to check for MWR discount tickets to attractions and theme parks. Current pricing is available at www.navylifesw.com/tickets.
Belmont Park is San Diego’s beachfront amusement park and entertainment center, located 1 mile west of SeaWorld. Sure to please the entire family, Belmont Park is right on the surf and sand in Mission Beach and offers free parking and free park admission. Visitors can enjoy traditional and contemporary amusement park rides for a small fee, including a historic wooden roller coaster (the Giant Dipper); play mini golf, arcade and midway-style games; shop; and enjoy an array of cuisine throughout the park, which includes beachfront restaurants as well as boardwalk fare. Visit www.belmontpark.com for more information. Twenty miles north of San Diego is the Del Mar Fairgrounds and its nearby equestrian facility, the Horsepark. The fairgrounds and Horsepark host nearly 350 events each year. They include the Del Mar National Horse Show in April, the San Diego County Fair in June and July, annual live horse racing meets July through September, the Scream Zone in October, the Holiday of Lights in December and Surfside Race Place year-round, as well as equestrian and other animal shows, concerts, craft shows, home shows, and other social and consumer events. Visit www.delmarfairgrounds.com for more information.
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