HLM: What can ECRMC leadership and physicians expect with this deal?
CVG: They are looking for more services to be delivered in their community. They are very excited about the way Scripps works with its physicians [and] with our physician leadership cabinet and care board. We really engage our physicians. I know the doctors are excited about that.
We also have a very robust graduate medical education program at Scripps. We have a couple of internal medicine residency programs and a family practice residency program and we have the opportunity to rotate some of our physicians-in-training out to Imperial County. It will give them a very different look at medicine in a very different community and potentially some of those physicians might stay in that community at well.
HLM: Are physicians in El Centro interested in joining Scripps Health Foundation?
CVG: At this point I have not heard any physicians out there express an interest in joining our foundation. I think they actually enjoy their independence. And to put it in perspective, while we have around 2,600 physicians at Scripps, about 700 of them are in the integrated model and the rest are independent.