El Centro, California - The Imperial Valley’s two hospitals have signed a Letter of Intent to work together towards a final agreement that would lead to the affiliation of the two facilities.
The Letter of Intent follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the hospitals signed in May of this year. The MOU created a 6 member task force that met once and sometimes twice a week before arriving at the Letter of Intent that was signed Monday night by both hospital boards and approved by the El Centro City Council in a special meeting Tuesday morning.
The Letter of Intent states that both hospitals will continue to run operations separately until a final agreement can be presented. , expected to be in the next 90 to 120 days. A new entity called The Imperial Valley Health System is the desired result.
According to PMH Chief Executive Officer Larry Lewis , “ The objective of creating the IVHS will be to continue to focus on how we can bring expanded health care services to the Imperial Valley community and increase access to care. Both organizations continue to share the vision that a collaborative partnership will better enable us to expand services in this community.”
El Centro Regional Medical Center Interim CEO Tomas Virgen said , “ While our goal is to identify and maximize opportunities to reduce costs associated with duplication of services , significant changes will not be made until further analysis has been completed.”
If and when approved , the Imperial Valley Health System will operate both hospitals as a separate legal entity. That entity could be a Joint Powers Authority or a California nonprofit benefit corporation. A seven member Board of Directors will be appointed. And comprised of three residents of the PMH District , nominated by the PMH Board and approved by the City Council ; two of the City of El Centro , nominated by the ECRMC Board and approved by the PMH board. These five board members will then appoint one resident of the City of Imperial and one resident of the City of Calexico., both to be approved by the PMH Board and the El Centro City Council.