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Downey Regional Medical Center Enters Management Services Agreement with PIH Health

Agreement provides support needed to achieve mission of providing the highest quality care for the residents of Downey and its surrounding communities.

Downey, Calif. – Downey Regional Medical Center (DRMC) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with PIH Health to manage its day-to-day operations. This is a progressive step that will position DRMC for growth in the new healthcare environment.

“Collaboration is an important element in the new era of healthcare reform, both locally and nationally,” said James Ball, chairman of the DRMC Board. “The expert support of PIH Health ensures the high standards of quality and safety that residents of the Downey community have counted on for more than 90 years.”

Hospitals that work together have better outcomes, increased community presence and a stronger balance sheet. The collaboration between DRMC and PIH Health will benefit the patients, employees, physicians, and volunteers affiliated with both institutions.

“Under healthcare reform, those hospitals that collaborate are rewarded for their efforts to improve wellness and increase care efficiencies,” said Brian Smolskis, chief operating officer at DRMC. “As nonprofit organizations, both DRMC and PIH Health share a rich history of meeting the healthcare needs of their communities and establishing a ‘patients first’ vision. This collaboration will further strengthen the services and the reach of each institution.”

DRMC has been the health leader in its community for more than 90 years, and PIH Health is dedicated to strengthening and preserving that presence. At the end of April, DRMC filed an application with the California Attorney General seeking permission to enter into an agreement to become part of PIH Health. That application is currently under review.

About PIH Health
PIH Health is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) regional healthcare delivery network that was founded in 1959. Over 50 years later, PIH Health continues to maintain a sense of community and family-like culture where patients are the top priority, and employees, physicians, and volunteers are proud to be affiliated with such an organization. PIH Health serves residents of Los Angeles and Orange Counties as well as the San Gabriel Valley area offering a wide range of services including over 150 primary care physicians to provide general medicine and preventative care; access to emergency and urgent care, home health services and hospice; and a network of over 180 specialists in accessible and welcoming neighborhood locations.
PIH Health is committed to remaining at the forefront of healthcare advances including technology, medical equipment and top-notch facilities and amenities to benefit patients and staff alike. Its highly trained and compassionate physicians, nurses, clinicians, staff and volunteers work tirelessly and collaboratively every day to be the communities’ health and wellness partner. For more information, visit PIHHealth.org.

About Downey Regional Medical Center (DRMC)

Downey Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is proud of its more than 90 years of history serving its community. DRMC provides much needed services for the surrounding communities including: Community Social Service Referrals, Educational programs such as the Stork Tea, Childbirth Education classes, and discounted Mammograms. DRMC continues to update equipment and computer systems in order to better serve all its patients. Some examples of the new technologies that help create an innovative healthcare center include a state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Digital Mammography, which has advanced imaging capability allowing for earlier detection of breast cancer and other diseases. The DRMC Laboratory has also added two advanced chemistry analyzers to ensure the most accurate and timely laboratory results. DRMC performs over one million laboratory tests a year, and these machines are essential to physicians in their efforts to care for their patients and accurately detect infection and other diseases. For more information, visit DRMCI.org.