Methodist Hospital of Southern California and Keck Medicine of USC have submitted a formal written notice of their proposed affiliation to the Office of the Attorney General of California for regulatory review and approval.
Following regulatory approval, Methodist Hospital will officially join the Keck Medicine clinical enterprise as USC Arcadia Hospital.
“Our discussions over the last 18 months have given us full confidence that we will operate more strongly together,” said Dan Ausman, president and CEO of Methodist Hospital. “We remain wholly committed to the San Gabriel Valley community and plan to expand residents’ access to highly specialized care in the years to come.”
Founded in 1903, Methodist Hospital of Southern California is a full-service community hospital with 348 licensed beds. As many as 50,000 patients are treated annually in the Emergency Department, while the hospital staff delivers as many as 1,500 babies per year. With a medical staff of more than 700 physicians, Methodist Hospital admits more than 16,000 patients each year.
“We are delighted to take this significant step forward with our colleagues at Methodist Hospital,” Rod Hanners, CEO of Keck Medicine stated. “We are eager to bring the strengths of our organizations together to better meet the evolving needs of our patients and the community for many years to come.”
“We look forward to welcoming USC Arcadia Hospital to our health system,” Carol L. Folt, PhD, president of USC said. “This new affiliation will bring our medical enterprise to the San Gabriel Valley, while welcoming outstanding doctors, nurses and administrative staff to the Trojan family. As one united team, we will be able to deliver groundbreaking treatments and compassionate care more broadly in the region – and improve health and well-being for even more individuals.”
In addition to operating more than 40 outpatient locations across Southern California, Keck Medicine offers tertiary and quaternary care at Keck Medical Center, which is nationally ranked in 12 specialties by U.S. News and World Report. The proposed affiliation is founded on “the principle that access to a broader spectrum of care will be available to residents of the San Gabriel Valley through collaboration with respected community physicians and Keck School of Medicine of USC faculty,” according to a statement from Methodist.