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Local health care providers announce mergers

Posted: July 3, 2012 3:55 a.m.
Updated: July 3, 2012 3:55 a.m.

Two local health care organizations announced operational mergers on Monday, one of them in response to changes in national health care.

Providence Health & Services of Southern California, Facey Medical Foundation and Facey Medical Group formed an “affiliation” to provide health care services for patients in the region. The change was effective July 1.

Both Providence and Facey share a medical office building, Santa Clarita Valley Medical Plaza on the corner of Valencia Boulevard and McBean Parkway. There, Facey operates an urgent care center and also provides patients with routine medical needs. Providence operates a cancer center at the location.

The Facey Medical Group will continue to operate under its current name, said Jeff Snyder, a spokeman with Providence.

Providence said the goal is to position both health care providers for demands imposed by the Affordable Health Care Act, part of which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

The health care organization also said the merger allows Providence and Facey to serve more patients and to develop an integrated health system that shares best practices, coordinates care and strives for a higher level of efficiency, according a press release issued Monday.

Also announced Monday was the merger of Valencia-based U.S. HealthWorks and Catholic-operated Dignity Health of San Francisco. Dignity Health has acute care hospitals and secondary care centers.

U.S. HealthWorks operates occupational medical clinics, urgent care centers and treats Worker Compensation injuries in 15 states. The organization was first founded by a local doctor, Larry Barnhart, before it was acquired by U.S. HealthWorks in 2009.

The local medical care operation, U.S. HealthWorks, will retain its name and continue to be headquartered in Valencia, said Diane Yu, vice president of sales and marketing.

“We’re going to be functioning as stand-alone, wholly-owned for-profit subsidiary of Dignity Health,” Yu said.”



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