Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District and Scripps Health have signed an affiliation agreement.
Under terms of the agreement , Pioneers will continue to operate as an independent hospital and will not change it's name or current governance structure. PMHD CEO Larry Lewis said . " This partnership is a significant step forward to bring the necessary care and resources to strengthen Pioneers and expand needed services for the Valley." The agreement is focused on helping provide Pioneers the tools and health systems in order to provide value to patients . It includes S ripps providing Pioneers with enhanced leadership training and development , process improvements and other related services.
Scripps President and CEO Cris Van Gorder said , " Scripps is pleased to help Pioneers enhance their quality of care while adjusting to the changing health care environment ."
The agreement was reached last night after discussions between Scripps and Pioneers began in April. The agreement is for two years but both Lewis and Van Gorder said that they expect the relationship to be for much longer than that.