Integration

About Integration

California’s health care system thrives and survives thanks to the diversity of not just the people who deliver care, but also of the different organizational structures that enable those individuals to serve their patients and communities safely and efficiently.
One type of these organizational structures – integrated health systems – has a long history of saving lives, preserving access to care, and lowering costs for Californians.

For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals were struggling with scarce resources, like personal protective equipment, medical devices like ventilators, physical space to house patients, and staff to treat them. Integrated hospital systems, by nature of their structure, were able to rapidly transfer resources among facilities as needed and were able to accept patients from hotspots that were overwhelmed by the virus.

Integrated systems have many other benefits: they enable people to avoid redundant tests, receive care closer to home, access specialized services such as organ transplants and trauma care, and benefit from advanced clinical expertise. They also ensure that struggling hospitals can remain open, access resources necessary to comply with costly regulations, pay for new technology that improves patient safety and the quality of care, and support outreach programs that keep people healthy and active.

In Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic, New Study Highlights Benefits of Hospital, Health System Partnerships to Patients, Communities

SACRAMENTO (October 27, 2021) — In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and other “transformative forces” reshaping the delivery of health care, a new report by the national consulting firm Kaufman Hall sheds light on the importance and value of hospital and health system partnerships in protecting access and improving the quality of patient care […]

Health Care Partnerships in Action

“Our affiliation with an academic medical center allowed us to bring nationally ranked programs to our South Bay community. Our patients have benefited from our ability to offer a spectrum of advanced procedures that were never previously available in our market and to provide a more advanced level of care within the community.” – Craig […]

Health Care Partnerships: Keeping Care Affordable

We saw the creation of a new system as an opportunity to realize our fundamental belief that everyone has the right to be healthy. – Charlie Francis, senior executive vice president, chief strategy and transformation officer, CommonSpirit

Health Care Partnerships: Preserving Access to Care

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