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
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
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
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.