UC San Diego Health and the City of El Centro have entered the next phase
of a comprehensive management services relationship with El Centro Regional
Medical Center (ECRMC). Under a new agreement, UC San Diego Health will
provide strategic planning and management and consulting services to the
ECRMC Board of Trustees and hospital leadership. UC San Diego Health and
ECRMC will align administrative expertise, business and clinical initiatives
with the goals of enhancing ECRMC’s ability to deliver high-quality,
integrated and cost-effective care to patients in the Imperial Valley.
“With UC San Diego Health, we have a strong, strategic clinical and
business partner that is committed to enhancing the availability of high-quality
health care services in the Imperial Valley,” said Efrain Silva,
El Centro City Council member. “The health of the community and
the region is a shared priority. We expect to see great results through
“As the health care landscape in California evolves, cooperation
among hospitals to align and share expertise is critical to improving
the delivery of care,” said Tomas Virgen, interim CEO, ECRMC. “With
this arrangement, ECRMC maintains its independence while connecting with
a health system that is nationally recognized for its clinical resources
ECRMC is affiliated with UC San Diego Health Care Network, a collective
of health care providers including UC San Diego Health and faculty physicians,
community hospitals, medical groups and physicians based in San Diego,
Riverside and Imperial counties. Affiliates collaborate to co-develop
systems, infrastructure, care pathways and quality initiatives to provide
high-value health care for the benefit of patients, health plans and employers.
“Part of the mission of the region’s only academic health system
is to share knowledge and to increase access to its unique expertise and
care,” said Patty Maysent, interim CEO, UC San Diego Health. “With
ECRMC becoming an affiliate of UC San Diego Health Care Network, we will
support ECRMC in improving and enhancing service offerings for patients
while connecting clinicians to learning opportunities through UC San Diego
School of Medicine.”
If needed, patients of ECRMC will have access to tertiary and quaternary
care services of UC San Diego Health. These services include highly specialized
and advanced diagnostic, imaging, surgical, transplant, oncologic and
cardiac services typically only found in academic health centers.
ECRMC and UC San Diego Health remain legally and financially independent
and maintain separate hospital licenses. Employees of ECRMC remain employed
by ECRMC. ECRMC will continue to be governed by its Board of Trustees,
which consists of members of the El Centro City Council, local community
members, a Chief Medical Officer (who will be a UC San Diego faculty physician)
and an additional representative of UC San Diego Health. The Board will
receive reports about the business, administrative and clinical operations
and functions of ECRMC, including strategic plans and annual operating
and capital budgets.
ECRMC is an acute-care medical center, serving the health care needs of
the Imperial Valley since 1956. In addition to the 161-bed hospital, ECRMC
also owns and operates the Oncology & Hematology of Imperial Valley,
Wound Healing Center and outpatient clinics in El Centro and Calexico.
The outpatient centers provide exceptional primary and specialty care
for residents seeking enhanced well being and improved quality of life.
UC San Diego Health, the region's only academic health system, has
been ranked #1 in San Diego for five consecutive years by U.S. News &
World Report. Leapfrog Group has twice named UC San Diego Health to its
annual list of Top Hospitals, a distinction given to select hospitals
nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality.
UC San Diego Health is comprised of UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest
and Thornton Hospital, Moores Cancer Center (one of only 41 National Cancer
Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country, and
the first and only San Diego-based National Comprehensive Cancer Network®
Member Institution), Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
and Jacobs Medical Center (opening 2016) in La Jolla, as well as other
primary and specialty practices located throughout Southern California.
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