University of Southern California and Verdugo Hills Hospital sign agreement to establish affiliation

March 12, 2013

Agreement to be submitted to California Attorney General for review

LOS ANGELES — The University of Southern California (USC) and Verdugo Hills Hospital have signed an agreement with the intent to create an affiliation that will serve the needs of patients in Los Angeles County’s Foothills communities.

The partnership positions Keck Medical Center of USC and Verdugo Hills Hospital to better meet the challenges and opportunities created by healthcare reform, and will expand access to world-class healthcare services in the community.

With this joint signing, the agreement will be submitted to the California Attorney General for review.

“We’re delighted to partner with Verdugo Hills Hospital to provide high quality health care services to the Foothills communities,” said Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president and chief executive officer of USC Health, which oversees the Keck Medical Center of USC. “Verdugo Hills Hospital’s long history of delivering excellent services will be complemented by USC’s renowned specialty services in medical fields including orthopaedic surgery, cancer, cardiovascular, neurology and neurosurgery, and many more.”

Verdugo Hills Hospital currently provides a 24-hour emergency department, stroke, maternity/labor and delivery, cardiac rehabilitation and imaging and diagnostic services.

“This is an exciting time for all of us and both sides are looking forward to the opportunity to join forces in creating something special in the Foothills communities,” said Len LaBella, president and chief executive officer of Verdugo Hills Hospital.  “With this affiliation, the community’s healthcare choices just got better.”

About Verdugo Hills Hospital
Verdugo Hills Hospital is a 158-bed acute care hospital, offering a number of services, including a 24-hour emergency room, bariatric and minimally invasive surgery, OB-GYN and infant services, orthopedic surgery, occupational, physical and speech therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and imaging and diagnostic services including mammograms, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CT scans, and angiograms.

About Keck Medical Center of USC
Keck Medical Center of USC was launched in 2011 after a transformative $150 million gift from the W. M. Keck Foundation.  It is comprised of Keck Hospital of USC (formerly USC University Hospital) and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, the private hospitals of the University of Southern California. The USC-owned hospitals are staffed by more than 500 physicians who are faculty at the renowned Keck School of Medicine of USC. Keck Medical Center of USC is a center for world-class medical and surgical care, with a concentration of specialists across multiple areas of expertise.

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