US-based UC San Diego Health System has signed an affiliation agreement with Imperial Valley Family Care Medical Group (IVFCMG) in a bid to expand its multi-specialty health care services.
IVFCMG will become a member of UC San Diego Health Physicians Network, under terms of the affiliation.
The deal is said to increase access to specialty care and more than 2,500 clinical trials for patients in Imperial Valley. It includes the integration of electronic medical records, providing telemedicine and direct access to specialists.
UC San Diego Health System CEO Paul Viviano said: "With this affiliation, our goal is to improve access to care so that patients in Imperial Valley can benefit from a broad array of high-quality services at the best possible value.
"Together with Imperial Valley Family Care Medical Group and their superb physicians and staff, we can fulfil our mission of delivering outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching."
Founded in 1995, IVFCMG is a multi-specialty group with 13 clinics in Imperial County including El Centro, Brawley and Calexico, US.
UC San Diego will work with Pioneers Memorial Hospital, El Centro Regional Medical Center and the medical community to complement existing services.
The deal also provides Imperial Valley access to advanced medical and surgical care of UC San Diego, including the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, Moores Cancer Center and Hillcrest Medical Center.
IVFCMG president Vachas Palakodeti said: "This affiliation with UC San Diego Health System is an excellent way to bring the benefits of academic medicine to the Imperial Valley community.
Image: Imperial Valley Family Care Medical Group will become a member of the UC San Diego Health Physicians Network. Photo: courtesy of Regents, University of California.