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Adventist Health and Community Medical Centers to collaborate on Medi-Cal

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Adventist Health and Community Medical Centers are collaborating to form a new health care network for Medi-Cal patients in Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties, the two health care systems announced today.   

Adventist Health and Community this week reached agreement on a joint-venture health plan which, subject to state approval, should be ready for the four-county market by next fall. Within two years of launch, officials estimate, the health plan could deliver coordinated, clinically integrated care to as many as 200,000 managed Medi-Cal patients.   

Adventist Health and Community have similar health care goals for the Central Valley, and complementary strengths to better manage the health of entire families.  Adventist Health’s Central Valley Network has an extensive system of clinics, specialty outpatient facilities and rural-delivery expertise second to none.  Community offers the region’s highest level of acute, inpatient services, including the only burn and Level 1 trauma centers from the Bay Area to LA. 

“The collaborative venture will deliver more comprehensive, efficient, lower-cost and high-quality health care to a population in need,” said Tim Joslin, president and CEO of Community Medical Centers.  “Clearly we’re building on the strengths of both organizations.” 

Subject to approval by the California Department of Managed Health Care, Adventist Health and Community will build upon the managed Medi-Cal enrollment with Adventist Health Plan that begins in Kings County on January 1.  The two will remain independent organizations, but the joint-venture health plan will be equally financed, jointly owned and operated collaboratively.  

“The focus of this relationship and others throughout our region is improving the health of our communities,” said Wayne Ferch, president and CEO of Adventist Health / Central Valley Network, which operates four hospitals, 32 Community Care clinics and other services in Central California.  “Our patients benefit when we work together.” 

Adventist Health’s corporate board approved the joint venture on Dec. 15, said Jeff Conklin, Adventist Health Plan president / CEO. “When we began building our health plan in 2014, we envisioned joining with other health systems and physicians that share a commitment to using population health tools to improve community health, and we’re deeply grateful for Community’s partnership.” 

The joint venture is the result of more than six months of discussions between two of central California’s largest health care organizations and is consistent with the goals of the federal Affordable Care Act. 

“Adventist Health and Community are responding to the needs of the still-expanding Medi-Cal patient population in this region,” said Aldo De La Torre, Community’s senior vice president of managed care and strategic alliances. “We’re committed to developing a network of health care resources to ensure access and coordinated care for the Medi-Cal patients we currently serve and the thousands of additional members expected over the next couple of years.” 

 Among the next steps are to determine a name and staffing model for the joint-venture health plan. 

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About Adventist Health
Adventist Health / Central Valley Network, which operates four hospitals, 32 Community Care clinics and other services in five Central California counties, is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becker's list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015 and operates the largest network of rural health clinics in California. Adventist Health’s workforce of 31,000 includes more than 22,350 employees; 4,800 medical staff physicians; and 3,850 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 275 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. 

About Community Medical Centers
Community is a locally owned, not-for-profit, public-benefit organization. Based in Fresno, Calif., Community is the region’s largest health care provider and private employer. It operates four hospitals – Community Regional Medical Center, Clovis Community Medical Center, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital and Community Behavioral Health Center – as well as several long-term care, outpatient and other health care facilities and a physician residency program with UCSF.