EMERYVILLE, Calif. (April 2, 2020) — Vituity, a physician-led and -owned multispecialty partnership, announced today that Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California awarded the organization the contract for Emergency Medicine services. Vituity will begin providing acute care services in its Emergency Department beginning July 1, 2020.
The new service contract expands Vituity’s more than 40-year relationship of jointly caring for Dignity Health patients, as Vituity’s earliest emergency services were located in Dignity Health facilities. Today, Vituity works in 24 of its facilities, encompassing eight acute care specialties and 20 emergency medicine sites across three states.
“St. Mary Medical Center has served Long Beach for close to 100 years, and we’re committed to providing our community with the high quality of care they deserve,” said Carolyn Caldwell, President, St. Mary Medical Center. “The infrastructure, programs and established expertise Vituity brings will help us continue to offer innovative emergency care to those who need it most.”
“Vituity is honored to work with St. Mary Medical Center and expand our longstanding relationship with Dignity Health during a time when emergency care is more critical than ever,” said Denise Brown, MD, Chief Growth Officer, Vituity. “We stand ready to use our expertise and the strength of our network to help ensure a seamless transition and safeguard the health of St. Mary patients, providers and the Long Beach community, in the face of this current generational public-health crisis.”
For nearly 50 years, Vituity has been developing best practices to ensure hospitals are able to care for patients effectively. Through a physician-led and collaborative approach, Vituity’s acute care services engage providers and deliver an integrated care experience for patients through robust quality programs that emphasize local physician leadership, communication, and accountability. As a democratic partnership owned equitably by its practicing physicians, Vituity’s unique structure allows for an atmosphere of collaboration, transparency, and innovation – where knowledge and ideas are shared across all practice lines, practice sites, and geographies.
Dr. Jeff Tsai, Vituity’s Southern California regional medical director, is excited to return to the hospital where his career began. “The Long Beach community will benefit from the Vituity spirit of collaboration and leadership. I am grateful to have the opportunity to make a positive contribution and serve the hospital where I started my career.”
“Having worked in the diverse communities throughout California and surrounding St. Mary Medical Center, we are acutely aware of the wide range of patient health needs,” said Savoy Brummer, MD, Board Director for Vituity. “Our diverse providers understand and can empathize with the varied circumstances leading patients to seek emergency visits and are able to provide culturally competent care.”
As a physician-led and -owned multispecialty partnership, Vituity has proactively driven positive change in the business and practice of healthcare for nearly 50 years. Our more than 3,500 doctors and clinicians provide a wide range of integrated acute care expertise. Serving over 6.4 million patients annually at more than 300 practice locations, our footprint continues to rapidly expand across the country as we partner with and support hospitals, health systems, clinics, payers, and employers. Vituity’s acute focus and compassionate care are the driving forces that have placed us at the heart of better care.
Our services span the entire Acute Care Continuum, including emergency medicine, acute psychiatry, acute neurology, hospital medicine, critical care, anesthesiology, acute care surgery, telehealth, post-acute care, and outpatient medicine.
About Dignity Health - St. Mary Medical Center
Founded as a faith-based hospital in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center is a 389-bed, acute care, nonprofit hospital located in Long Beach, California. The hospital offers a full complement of services, including a Level II trauma center, cardiac and vascular center, surgical weight loss, maternity and the CARE Center, which is a recognized PrEP center of excellence. The hospital shares a legacy of humankindness with Dignity Health, one of the largest health care systems. Visit dignityhealth.org/stmarymedical for more information.
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