Dignity Health Expands Partnership With CEP America in Sacramento Region

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EMERYVILLE, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CEP America, one of the nation's leading providers of hospital-based physician management solutions, is pleased to announce the expansion of its partnership with Dignity Health. Over the next few months, CEP America will begin managing and staffing the emergency departments (EDs) at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael and Methodist Hospital of Sacramento. CEP America has been providing emergency services at Mercy Hospital of Folsom for the past several years.

"Dignity Health's selection of CEP America was based on their ongoing professionalism, cooperation, and vision," said Michael L. Taylor, Senior Vice President, Operations, Greater Sacramento-San Joaquin Service Area. "CEP America recognizes that improving the patient experience in all of our Dignity Health EDs is of paramount importance; and we believe they are the most qualified organization to help us achieve those objectives."

The continued partnership between CEP America and Dignity Health recognizes their joint commitment to enhancing patient care through greater system-wide integration. Hospitals at which Dignity Health partners with CEP America have received national accolades from HealthGrades, Avatar International, Thomson Reuters, and the Leapfrog Group. With the addition of the hospitals in the Sacramento region, CEP America will be responsible for ED care at almost half of Dignity Health's hospitals nationwide.

Founded in 1975 as an emergency medicine physician partnership, today CEP America provides physician staffing and management services across the acute care continuum, including urgent, emergent, inpatient, and post-discharge settings. CEP America is the largest democratic physician partnership in the country, with more than 1,800 providers in eight states caring for over 4 million patients each year.

Dignity Health, one of the nation's five largest health care systems, is a 16-state network of nearly 11,000 physicians and 58,000 employees who provide patient-centered care at more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved.

For more information about CEP America, please visit www.cepamerica.com.

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CONTACT: Media Contact: Eric Jost 510-350-2649 joste@medamerica.com

Source: CEP America