About Health Care Partnerships
California’s hospitals are struggling. Many only remain operating because they’ve partnered with a system.
Partnerships — when two or more system join together — have saved many hospitals from failing and leaving communities without necessary services. They’ve created efficiencies, increased quality, and improved service.
These relationships are essential in keeping hospitals, and the jobs that come with them, in smaller communities. Seventy-seven percent of California hospitals have partnered with a larger health care system. That number likely will grow over the next few years as hospitals work to recover from the effects of the pandemic.
The past three years of COVID-19 response go to the heart of what partnerships can achieve — the rapid transfer of necessary resources among partnered facilities like personal protective equipment, ventilators, and staff to treat patients, to name a few.
Our mission is to care for the poor and vulnerable. Regardless of their ability to pay, patients … will receive care as good or better than what they could get by driving ‘over the hill’ to the hospital in Los Angeles. – Bernie Klein, Interim CEO, Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center