Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District and Scripps Health have entered into an affiliation agreement, signed Tuesday at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.
The two-year agreement marks the first hospital affiliation for Scripps outside of San Diego County.
Under the terms of the agreement, Pioneers will continue to run as an independent hospital and will not change its name or current governance structure. The agreement is focused on helping to provide Pioneers the tools to provide value to patients through continuous quality improvement and reducing costs. It includes Scripps providing Pioneers with enhanced leadership training and development, process improvements, and other related services.
Management of the affiliation will be by an affiliation steering committee representing both administration and physicians, and composed of three members from Scripps and three from Pioneers.
The agreement was reached after discussions between Scripps and Pioneers that began in April upon Pioneer's decision to pursue an affiliation with Scripps, which had responded to Pioneer's request for information in March. The request for information was sent to several major acute care providers in San Diego seeking expressions of interest in affiliating with Pioneers. The Pioneers board determined that, as part of its strategic initiative to improve access to care for Imperial Valley residents, the best choice would be an affiliation relationship with Scripps.
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