Affiliation of Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial Becomes Official
Relationship Provides Opportunities for Coordination of Care, Services
and Clinical Trials. Cancer, Heart Disease and Brain Disorders Among Key
Initial Areas for Collaboration.
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 1, 2018) — The proposed affiliation between Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial—first
announced last May—became official today.
The affiliation will focus on new opportunities for coordination of care
and resources between the two organizations and joint programs to provide
access to more people for needed medical services as well as access to
clinical trials and the latest developments in medical research.
Among the initial areas for collaboration are advanced treatments for cancer,
heart disease and brain disorders. Cedars-Sinai specialists in these areas
will work with Torrance Memorial physicians to provide clinical consultations
for their patients and streamline patient access to clinical trials and
Each organization will continue to have its own board of directors, its
own hospital medical staff and related physician organizations, and its
own employees. Each organization’s president and CEO (Craig Leach
at Torrance Memorial and Thomas M. Priselac at Cedars-Sinai) will continue
to lead their respective entity. Both organizations are now affiliated
under a new parent organization with a new board of directors, named Cedars-Sinai
Health System. Priselac will serve as president and CEO of the parent
entity, Cedars-Sinai Health System, in addition to continuing to serve
as president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai.
Torrance Memorial includes the 470-bed Torrance Memorial Medical Center
in addition to a multispecialty physician group (Torrance Memorial Physician
Network), an independent physician association (Torrance Health IPA) and
an Accountable Care Organization (Torrance Memorial Integrated Physicians),
which collectively include more than 500 physicians. Torrance Memorial
also has several outpatient centers located throughout the South Bay region.
Cedars-Sinai includes the 886-bed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the 145-bed
Cedars-Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital, a multispecialty physician network
of 887 doctors (Cedars-Sinai Medical Network) and many primary care, urgent
care and specialty care centers throughout the Los Angeles region. It
also is a major research and education center, with more than 1,600 current
research projects and 500 clinical trials, and trains 473 medical residents
"This affiliation enables each institution to continue the unique
relationships each has with the communities it serves, while providing
a platform for a wide variety of collaborations to better serve the region,"
Leach said. "As a community-based provider, Torrance Memorial will
now have access to the outstanding tertiary and quaternary clinical services
and research at Cedars-Sinai, which will be a great benefit to the entire
Priselac noted the opportunities for increasing community accessibility
to healthcare with the affiliation.
"While both Torrance Memorial and Cedars-Sinai have strong track records
for serving the region, the governance structure of the affiliation is
designed to further enhance accessibility to care and the sharing of resources
to benefit patients and the community," Priselac said.
Both organizations will continue their longstanding partnerships with local
community organizations aimed at improving health.
Cedars-Sinai (founded in 1902) and Torrance Memorial (founded in 1925)
are two of California's longest-serving nonprofit healthcare organizations.
In the past several years, they have collaborated on a variety of projects,
including the establishment of a Telestroke program to more quickly diagnose
and treat stroke patients.
About Torrance Memorial
Founded in 1925 by Jared Sidney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial
Medical Center is a 470-bed, nonprofit medical center established to provide
quality healthcare services predominantly to the residents of the South
Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer
the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate,
caring manner. In 2012, it joined the ranks of the top hospitals in the
nation by earning coveted Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses
Credentialing Center, which recognizes nursing excellence. Torrance Memorial
has also been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2016-17 in California
and the Los Angeles metro area for the fifth year straight by
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Cedars-Sinai is a national leader in providing high-quality, patient-centered
healthcare encompassing primary care as well as specialized medicine and
research that leads to lifesaving discoveries and innovations. Since its
beginning in 1902, Cedars-Sinai has evolved to meet the healthcare needs
of one of the most diverse regions in the nation, continually setting
new standards in quality and innovation in patient care, research, teaching
and community service. Today, Cedars-Sinai is widely known for its national
leadership in transforming healthcare for the benefit of patients. Cedars-Sinai
impacts the future of healthcare globally by developing new approaches
to treatment and educating tomorrow's physicians and other health
professionals. At the same time, Cedars-Sinai demonstrates a longstanding
commitment to strengthening the Los Angeles community through wide-ranging
programs that improve the health of its most vulnerable residents.
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