BRAWLEY, Calif. â€“ The Board of Directors from Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District and the Board of Trustees from El Centro Regional Medical jointly announced Wednesday the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to work together to continue to provide high quality health care and service to the greater Imperial Valley community, while evaluating a potential affiliation transaction.
The 90-day MOU is the culmination of recent affiliation discussions and of a joint meeting where the hospital Boards and members of both the Brawley and El Centro city councils heard from a national expert about the financial impact of the Affordable Care Act on healthcare systems throughout the United States.
Pioneers Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Larry Lewis said, â€œThe hospitals have a shared vision that through a collaborative partnership there will be opportunities to expand quality healthcare services in our community.â€
The affiliation discussions will be carried out by a working group consisting of six members, three from each organization. Representing PMHD will be Board members Katy Santillan and Linda Rubin, and CEO Larry Lewis. ECRMC will be represented by El Centro Mayor Cheryl Viegas-Walker, Board of Trustee member Jon Edney and CEO David Green. â€œThis working group will be tasked with analyzing data, evaluating potential affiliation structures and recommending a course of action,â€ said ECRMC Chief Executive Officer David Green.
In crafting the MOU, the hospitals agreed that their shared strategic objectives would include improving the quality of care through enhanced information systems, enabling physicians, hospitals, and other providers to better coordinate care to the patients of our communities.
The hospitals are also looking to bring new, expanded healthcare services to the communities of Imperial County. â€œThe bottom line is to enhance our ability to increase access to expanded levels of health care services in the community,â€ said Linda Rubin, President of the PMDH Board of Directors.
â€œThis is a challenging, yet exciting time in the healthcare industry,â€ said El Centro Mayor Cheryl Viegas-Walker. â€œItâ€™s incumbent upon us to reach consensus on a course of action that will best deliver quality, accessible, and cost effective healthcare to our residents,â€ Viegas-Walker added.