The City of El Centro and Scripps Health have agreed to an exclusive negotiating agreement for the possible acquisition and management of El Centro Regional Medical Center by the San Diego health care provider.
In May of this year , the El Centro City Council voted unanimously to seek and affiliation partner for the city-owned hospital. The council stated that they were looking to elevate the quality of local health care by enhancing services and increasing access points for care in the Imperial Valley , and to eliminate any future liabllity for the city. David Green , Chief Executive Officer of ECRMC said , " After reaching out to more than 30 organizations as part of our exporation , we are pleased to be entering this next phase with Scripps Health. Their mission and values align with the mission and values of El Centro Regional Medical Center , and we feel that together , the city , the hospital , and most importantly , the patients will greatly benefit from this affiliation."
Scripps Presiedent and CEO , Chris Van Gorder , said , " El Centro Regional Medical Center has a long and successful history of serving the health care needs of El Centro and the Imperial Valley, With all the changes occurring in health care now , Scripps is in a unique position to help El Centro continue that tradition. We look forward to productive discussions to that end."
Scripps Health is based in San Diego and is a nonprofit integrated health system that treats a half-million patients a year. There are 2,600 affilated physicians and 13,500 employees among Scripps five acute-care hospital campuses , hospice and home health services as well as an ambulatory care network of physician offices and 28 outpatient centers and clinics.
El Centro Regional Medical Center is a licensed 161-bed acute care facility.