UC San Diego Health System and El Centro Regional Medical Center Enter Into Long-Term Management Services Agreement


ECRMCEL CENTRO - On May 5, 2015, UC San Diego Health System and the City of El Centro entered into a long-term management services agreement on behalf of El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC), the city-owned hospital, with the goal of enhancing the delivery of high-quality health care to patients in the Imperial Valley.

“The Hospital Affiliation Task Force has dedicated significant
resources to search for a strategic partner that would enhance the
availability and quality of health care services for the entire Imperial
Valley, and we have found that partner in UC San Diego Health System,”
said Mayor Efrain Silva.

“In addition to providing important operational and clinical support,
our relationship with UC San Diego Health System will help local
patients gain greater access to a comprehensive continuum of care in El
Centro and San Diego, including an array of specialized medical and
surgical services. Additionally, our employees will have direct access
to best practices and expertise of the region’s top-ranked health
system,” said Tomas Virgen, interim CEO, ECRMC.

“Through this collaboration, the two health systems will strive to
deliver superior health outcomes, service experience and affordability
to patients in Imperial Valley,” said Paul Viviano, CEO, UC San Diego
Health System. “We are proud to have El Centro Regional Medical Center
be part of our mission of delivering outstanding patient care through
commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired

The management services agreement will launch with UC San Diego Health
System conducting a comprehensive assessment of ECRMC’s operational
and clinical needs, to be followed by joint development of a management
plan for select ECRMC departments, programs and functions. Hospital
employees will remain employees of ECRMC. The health systems will also
collaborate to provide clinical team members at ECRMC with access to
joint research projects and educational opportunities, such as Grand
Rounds and continuing medical education through the UC San Diego School
of Medicine.

If needed, patients of ECRMC will have direct access to tertiary and
quaternary care services of UC San Diego Health System. These include
highly specialized and advanced diagnostic, imaging, surgical, oncologic
and cardiac services typically only found in academic health centers.

UC San Diego Health System currently supports the Imperial Valley by
providing tertiary care for complex cardiovascular disease, primary
angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction, telemedicine stroke
consultations and advanced care for high-risk pregnancies, trauma and
burn patients. Future areas of specialty support will include
endocrinology, allergy and immunology, cardiology, rheumatology, and

The relationship between UC San Diego Health System and ECRMC follows
the recent affiliation of Imperial Valley Family Care Medical Group
(IVFCMG) with the UC San Diego Health Physician Network. IVFCMG ̶
Imperial County’s largest multi-specialty group with 13 clinics
including locations in El Centro, Brawley, and Calexico ̶ is continuing
its efforts through the UC San Diego Health network to enhance the depth
and quality of multi-specialty health care services and clinical trials
available to patients in the Imperial Valley and surrounding
communities. Other local physicians will have the opportunity to become
part of the growing UC San Diego Health Physician Network.

Viviano noted that the growing network of physicians, hospitals and
other providers in the UC San Diego Health System care network presents
opportunities to develop and offer narrow network and other innovative
health insurance products to local employers, with the goal of
delivering quality patient outcomes while managing the total cost of

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 wellbeing and improved
quality of life.

UC San Diego Health System, the region's only academic health system,
has been ranked #1 in San Diego for four consecutive years by _U.S. News
& World Report_. Leapfrog Group has twice named UC San Diego Health
System to its annual list of Top Hospitals, a distinction given to
select hospitals nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital
safety and quality. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is an elite
distinction given to less than seven percent of all eligible hospitals.
UC San Diego Health System has also repeatedly received A safety scores
from the independent organization.

UC San Diego Health System 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
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