UC San Diego (UCSD) Health System and the city of El Centro have formed a strategic business and clinical relationship to enhance patient care in Imperial Valley, southern California, US.
The long-term management services agreement was signed on behalf of the city-owned, 161-bed acute-care hospital, El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC), which has been serving healthcare needs in the county since 1956.
As part of the agreement, UC San Diego Health System will carry out a comprehensive assessment of ECRMC’s operational and clinical needs.
UCSD will also develop a management plan for specific ECRMC departments, programmes and functions, as well as provide clinical team members at ECRMC with access to joint research projects and educational opportunities, such as Grand Rounds and continuing medical education through its School of Medicine.
ECRMC patients, if required, will be provided with direct access to tertiary and quaternary care services of UCSD Health System, such as specialised and advanced diagnostic, imaging, surgical, oncology and cardiac services.
ECRMC interim CEO Tomas Virgen said: "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 specialised medical and surgical services."
UC San Diego Health System CEO Paul Viviano said: "Through this collaboration, the two health systems will strive to deliver superior health outcomes, service experience and affordability to patients in Imperial Valley."
The collaboration between the two parties follows the recent affiliation of Imperial Valley Family Care Medical Group (IVFCMG) with the UC San Diego Health Physician Network.
IVFCMG is a multi-specialty group with 13 clinics including locations in El Centro, Brawley, and Calexico, California, US.