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El Centro Regional Medical Center, Scripps Agreement Could Include Pioneers Memorial

A potential transaction between El Centro (Calif.) Regional Medical Center and San Diego-based Scripps Health might also include Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, Calif., according to an Imperial Valley Press report.

Physician members of the ECRMC Medical Executive Committee have agreed including both hospitals in the possible affiliation would lower costs related to insurance and supplies, and result in more available resources, according to the report.

Pioneers Memorial CEO Larry Lewis told the Press his hospital and Scripps had recently discussed the idea of the expanded affiliation. Still, the broader agreement has not officially been presented to the board at either hospital, according to the report. ECRMC board member Sedalia Sanders said the task force that is focused on the transaction is considering the idea, and she also said she wants to get a more detailed explanation from the medical executive committee.

ECRMC and Scripps entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement last fall. In May, the El Centro City Council voted unanimously to seek an affiliation partner for ECRMC to improve quality of care by enhancing services and increasing access points, as well as eliminating future liability for the city.

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