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Vituity Augments Acute Care Services With Addition of Saint John’s Emergency Medicine Specialists Inc.

Premier Southern California emergency medicine group joins the nation’s largest physician‐owned multispecialty partnership to further integrate and enhance patient care at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

EMERYVILLE, CA (October 19, 2021)—Vituity, the nation’s largest physician‐owned partnership, has further expanded its emergency medicine practice line through an affiliation with Saint John’s Emergency Medicine Specialists Inc. (SJEMS), a regional leader in emergency care. As Vituity’s newest partner, SJEMS clinicians will gain access to resources, innovations, and best practices developed by Vituity clinicians across the country. Like all Vituity practice locations, the group will retain local autonomy and will continue to provide superior clinical care and leadership at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica.

“As a patient-centric organization, Vituity is committed to evolving care delivery for the benefit of our patients, hospitals, and communities,” says Phillip Piccinini, MD, Vice President of emergency medicine operations at Vituity. “We are pleased to welcome the physicians and advanced providers of SJEMS, who bring with them an outstanding reputation for leadership and clinical excellence.”

SJEMS has successfully managed Providence Saint John’s ED since 1994. Under the group’s leadership, the department was designated a STEMI receiving center. Providence Saint John’s is also the proud home to the only Joint Commission-certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center in the region.

SJEMS Medical Director Russ Kino, MD, says joining Vituity will help the group better serve its hospital and patients in a challenging healthcare environment. Vituity’s robust practice management team supports billing, contracting, and leadership development, while its innovation arm helps bring the latest care advances to its hospital partners. In addition, Vituity’s recruiting capabilities will help SJEMS deepen its bench with the highest quality clinicians.

“Vituity stands strongly behind its providers, which is essential during the current public health emergency,” Kino says. “At the same time, they’re quality-driven and focused on clinical outcomes. I’m confident that affiliation with Vituity will help us to continue providing excellent patient care while bringing joy and purpose to our practices.”

The affiliation will also benefit Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Vituity’s signature ED solutions foster clinical integration, process innovation, and program growth and development. Examples include clinical pathways like the Fragility Fracture Care Protocol, Rapid Medical Evaluation®, and the award-winning Emergency Psychiatric Intervention (EPI) program.

“Providence Saint John’s Health Center is proud to partner with Vituity to further align and strengthen our ED program, thanks to this new affiliation with SJEMS,” says hospital Chief Executive Michael Ricks. “Our patients expect the best from us, and this relationship is an example of how we are continuously expanding our capabilities to serve them at the highest level.”

About Vituity

For nearly 50 years, Vituity has been a catalyst for positive change in healthcare. As a physician-led and -owned multispecialty partnership, our nearly 5,000 doctors and clinicians care for 6.5 million patients each year across 400 practice locations and nine acute care specialties.

Vituity’s acute focus and compassionate care are the driving forces that place us at the heart of better care. Our clinicians and practice management leaders develop front-line solutions for healthcare challenges that improve quality and have a direct positive impact on millions of lives nationwide.

Our services span the entire Acute Care Continuum, integrating emergency medicine, hospital medicine, critical care, anesthesiology, acute psychiatry, neurology, acute care surgery, telehealth, post-acute care, and outpatient medicine. Partnering with hospitals, health systems, clinics, payers, employers, and state and local government, our footprint continues to rapidly expand. Learn more at vituity.com.

About Saint John’s Emergency Medicine Specialists Inc.

The physicians and advanced providers of the SJEMS medical group have provided emergency medicine services at Providence Saint John’s Health Center since 1994. Under SJEMS’ leadership, the department was designated a STEMI receiving center. Providence Saint John’s is also proud home to the only Joint Commission-certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center in the region.

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