About Torrance Memorial


Frequently Asked Questions:
Affiliation with Cedars-Sinai

Why are we affiliating at this time?

As of February 1, Torrance Memorial Medical Center formally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai— one of the nation’s foremost academic health systems. This new partnership will strengthen both institutions’ ability to serve our communities and to improve access, coordination and quality of care.

What is the benefit of this affiliation to the South Bay community?

This new affiliation will bring the resources and expertise of Cedars-Sinai’s clinical specialties and programs to the South Bay. From oncology, to neuroscience, to advanced medical research and clinical trials, this partnership will expand the community’s access to the best in medical care — right here where we live. Cedars-Sinai specialists will work collaboratively with Torrance Memorial physicians to deliver the highest standard of care to the South Bay community. Our patients will continue to receive personalized attention and services from their Torrance Memorial doctors, while additionally benefiting from the expertise and experience available through our Cedars-Sinai affiliation.

Why Cedars-Sinai?

Cedars-Sinai is a highly respected academic health system with a deep array of clinical resources and research and education programs. Like Torrance Memorial, it has a longstanding track record of providing high-quality care and a commitment to improving the health of the community. In addition, Cedars-Sinai has a good understanding of and a respect for Torrance Memorial’s history and importance to the community. We have had very positive and productive collaborations with Cedars-Sinai on a number of significant projects, such as the establishment of a Telestroke Program, and more recently, a proposed partnership involving our Cancer Program. Through our collaboration we found that, while much different in size and scope of services, Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial share similar views about how an affiliation could help each institution meet the needs of the communities it serves and fulfill its mission.

What are the main benefits to Torrance Memorial?

This relationship will strongly support the mission of Torrance Memorial as a community-based provider. We will be part of a health system with greater scale and access to resources focused on improving population health and the delivery of ambulatory care. We will also have access to tertiary and quaternary level clinical services and research available at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Is Torrance Memorial Medical Center being sold?

No, Torrance Memorial is not being sold. The Torrance Memorial Board of Trustees has voted to formally affiliate with Cedars-Sinai and align through a new parent organization named Cedars-Sinai Health System. Both Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, along with each of their affiliated organizations, will retain their respective Boards and continue to operate separately, but will affiliate under the new parent organization.

What does this mean for physicians?

Since our two organizations will operate separately, our status as a licensed hospital will not change. Medical staff organizations and medical groups remain separate. The affiliation will provide opportunities for physician leaders to collaborate in such areas as clinical research, best practice developments, population health initiatives, and program expansion. The affiliation may also provide future opportunities to manage some sub-specialty patients locally who would otherwise be cared for at an academic medical center. Also, like Torrance Memorial, Cedars-Sinai appreciates the unique relationships that hospitals and doctors have with their respective communities. Each organization understands that local governance is critical to maintaining these relationships.

Will executive leadership change?

Craig Leach will continue as president and CEO of Torrance Memorial, and Tom Priselac will continue as president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Tom will also serve as president of the parent organization, Cedars-Sinai Health System.

Will our name change?

No. Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s name will not change. We anticipate a branding program which will reference our affiliation with Cedars-Sinai, but our name will not change.

How will our existing Board of Trustees function?

Our Board will still have day-to-day oversight of the quality, patient safety and economic success of Torrance Memorial and our affiliates.

Will donations remain in our community?

Yes, past and future donations raised for Torrance Memorial will continue to support the medical center. Every dollar raised will fund the medical center’s mission in the South Bay and benefit residents in our service area. In addition, the function of the Torrance Memorial Foundation Board will not change.