VEP Healthcare has secured a contract to manage emergency department services at Dignity Health’s Mercy Hospitals in US.

VEP will be responsible for managing the physician group, physician assistants (PAs), and nurse practitioners (NPs) in the emergency departments of Mercy Hospital Downtown and Mercy Hospital Southwest in Bakersfield, California.

Mercy Hospital Downtown operates an 18-bed Level II Emergency Department while Mercy Hospital Southwest manages emergency department with 21beds.

VEP noted that managing MDs, PAs, and NPs will allow the company to provide collaborative, coordinated emergency care at both medical centres.

Each department provides board-certified physicians, nurses, modern digital diagnostic imaging technology, and a primary stroke centre.

For non-life-threatening emergency situations, Mercy Downtown and Mercy Southwest offer an online waiting service known as InQuicker which enables patients to choose an estimated arrival time.

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Mercy Hospitals Bakersfield president and CEO Bruce Peters said: “Continuing Mercy Hospitals’ long legacy of excellent care for the people of Bakersfield, we are pleased to partner with VEP to make our emergency services even better.”

VEP Healthcare managing director, president and CEO Steven Maron said: “We are honoured to serve both of these outstanding hospitals and help build on Mercy’s tradition of excellent care.”