Huntington Hospital Signs Agreement to Join Cedars-Sinai System

Huntington Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Health System have signed a definitive agreement for Huntington to affiliate with the Cedars-Sinai system, the organizations said.
The agreement, resulting from negotiations that followed the March announcement that the organizations had signed a letter of intent, will be submitted for review and approval by government regulators such as the California attorney general. The review usually takes several months.
The proposed affiliation includes commitments for continued investment in Pasadena’s nonprofit Huntington in enterprise information technology, growth of ambulatory services and physician development. It will also enable collaborations with the other entities in the Cedars-Sinai system to ensure access to high-quality, accessible and affordable care throughout the region.
The proposal is intended to build upon Huntington’s 128-year legacy and preserve its culture as a community institution governed by a local board, with its own employees and medical staff. In addition, philanthropy and volunteer support will remain locally controlled and used for Huntington and its existing community.
Cedars-Sinai Health System was established in 2017 to provide a platform for high-quality health-care institutions to collaborate and share resources and expertise. It currently comprises Cedars-Sinai, which includes Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, as well as its network of physicians and medical offices throughout Southern California; Torrance Memorial, which includes Torrance Memorial Medical Center and its network of physicians and medical offices throughout the South Bay; and such joint ventures as California Rehabilitation Institute and Cedars-Sinai Providence Tarzana Medical Center.
“On behalf of everyone at Huntington Hospital, we are all very pleased to have reached this important milestone,” said Jaynie Studenmund, chair of the Huntington board. “With the definitive agreement now complete, we can move forward with our joint effort to secure the necessary regulatory approvals. We pledge to work cooperatively with all the relevant parties and believe that this proposed affiliation is in the best interest of all of our stakeholders and the Greater San Gabriel Valley community.”
Vera Guerin, chair of the Cedars-Sinai system’s board, said the system’s goal is “to strengthen access to and affordability of quality care for more Southern Californians through the sharing of resources and expertise among our facilities. The addition of Huntington Hospital, with its strong commitment to serving the community and the quality of its physicians, nurses and other staff, would further strengthen the ability to provide this for the region.”
Dr. Lori J. Morgan, Huntington’s president, said she is confident that “an affiliation with Cedars-Sinai Health System will enable Huntington Hospital to advance clinical quality and outcomes, sustain our legacy of providing outstanding patient care and maintain active engagement with all our communities.”

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