A New Partnership: Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial | Torrance Memorial

Published on January 31, 2018

A New Partnership: Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial

Torrance Memorial Lundquist Tower

Cedars-SinaiTorrance Memorial and Cedars-Sinai are proud to announce a new partnership designed to strengthen both organizations’ ability to serve the South Bay — enhancing access, coordination and quality of care for the entire community.

Under the new partnership each institution will retain its respective board of directors, and continue to operate separately, but will affiliate under a new parent organization with a new board of directors called Cedars-Sinai Health System. Each organization will continue to have its own hospital medical staff and related physician organizations, and its own employees. Additionally, the president and CEO of each organization (Craig Leach at Torrance Memorial and Thomas M. Priselac at Cedars-Sinai) will continue to lead their respective entity, with Priselac to also serve as president and CEO of the parent entity.

The goal of this new affiliation is to 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.

The new affiliation creates an important alliance between two first-rate institutions.

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 Memorial 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 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 is also a major research and education center, with more than 1,500 current research projects and 480 clinical trials, and trains 473 medical residents and fellows.

Craig Leach

Cedars-Sinai specialists will work collaboratively with Torrance Memorial physicians to deliver the highest standard of care to the South Bay community. Patients will continue to receive personalized attention and services from their Torrance Memorial doctors, while additionally benefiting from the expertise and experience available through the Cedars-Sinai affiliation.

Already, in recent months, Cedars-Sinai specialists in stroke treatment and congestive heart failure have begun collaborating with Torrance Memorial physicians to care for patients. And additional plans are underway for Cedars-Sinai specialists in cancer, neuroscience, heart disease and many other areas to provide expertise for patients in the South Bay.

Additionally, in certain specialties, Cedars-Sinai physicians will partner with Torrance Memorial physician leaders to help patients access the clinical trials, the latest developments in medical research, new treatments and advanced technology.

Both organizations will continue their longstanding partnerships with local community organizations aimed at improving health.

“In seeking an affiliation, we wanted to find a partner that had a good understanding of and respect for our history, our mission and the communities we serve,” says Craig Leach, Torrance Memorial’s president and CEO. “Working with Cedars-Sinai over the years, we have been impressed not only with their quality and commitment, but with their ability to work constructively with a wide variety of stakeholders, to listen carefully, and to develop programs that effectively serve the community’s needs.”

Priselac, Cedars-Sinai’s president and CEO, emphasizes the importance of developing collaborative efforts in the proposed affiliation. “While both Torrance Memorial and Cedars-Sinai have strong track records for serving the region, the governance structure of the proposed affiliation is designed to foster collaboration and share resources to further enhance those capabilities to benefit patients and the community,” Priselac says.

As the partnership continues to grow, both institutions fully expect the benefits and opportunities for patients to expand. Beginning a future where the expertise of Cedars-Sinai physicians, combined with access to their medical research programs, will greatly enrich the care that Torrance Memorial physicians and staff provide to patients, their families and the entire South Bay community.


Founded in 1902, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles is one of the largest non-profit academic medical centers in the United States, with 886 licensed beds, 2,100 physicians, 2,800 nurses and thousands of other health care professionals and staff. Clinical programs range from primary care for preventing, diagnosing and treating common conditions to specialized treatments for rare, complex and advanced illnesses. In addition, Cedars-Sinai serves the community through its Medical Network, which includes the highly rated Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and Cedars-Sinai Health Associates.

Cedars-Sinai has evolved to meet the health care 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. It is widely known for its national leadership in transforming health care for the benefit of patients.

Tom Priselac

Consistently named as one of America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, the hospital has received the National Research Corporation’s Consumer Choice Award 18 years in a row, for providing the highest quality medical care in Los Angeles, and has the longest running Magnet® designation for nursing excellence in California.

Cedars-Sinai is a leader in the clinical care and research of heart disease, cancer and brain disorders, among other areas. Pioneering research achievements include using cardiac stem cells to repair damaged hearts, developing minimally invasive surgical techniques and discovering new types of drugs to target cancer more precisely.

Cedars-Sinai also impacts the future of health care through education programs that encompass everything from highly competitive medical residency and fellowship programs to a biomedical science and translational medicine Ph.D. program, as well as advanced training for nurses and educational opportunities for allied health professionals. Most notably, 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.


When it first opened its doors in 1925, the Jared Sidney Torrance Memorial Hospital was a 32-bed, Spanish-style structure with rosy tiled rooftops, situated on Engracia Avenue. Its founder was Jared Torrance, a real estate developer who also established the city of Torrance. He died before the hospital’s opening in May of 1925. Instead, the ceremony was presided over by his widow, Helena Childs Torrance. She remained a tireless supporter and major benefactor for the rest of her life and was largely responsible for sustaining the hospital during its first decade.Nurse helping mother and baby

Today, more than 90 years later, the nonprofit Torrance Memorial Medical Center is based at 3330 Lomita Avenue and has grown to 470 beds with the opening of the 390,000-square-foot Lundquist Tower in 2014. Notable expertise includes that of the Hunt Cancer Institute and the Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Breast Diagnostic Center—leaders in Southern California cancer prevention, detection and treatment. Also, never an organization to stop progressing, Torrance Memorial is currently renovating its North Patient Tower, where it will be dedicated to serving famIlies. Last year, a newly expanded Mother Baby unit opened in the Tower.

From the very start, Torrance Memorial set its mission to support its community by offering the most current and effective medical technologies, rendered in a compassionate, caring manner. Fully recognized by its community as the South Bay’s finest, Torrance Memorial also has been awarded throughout the decades, including a four-star rating for excellent patient experience, the Magnet® Recognition for Excellence in Nursing and numerous best-hospital lists, most recently ranking as one of the 25 best hospitals in California and the Los Angeles metro area by U.S. News & World Report. Its stroke program has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associa- tion’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, which recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive swift, appropriate treatment based on the latest scientific evidence.

The new affiliation with Cedars-Sinai will allow Torrance Memorial to continue its growth and service to the beautiful South Bay community.

For more information, visit torrancememorial.org/Cedars-Sinai.