Daughters of Charity Health System Establishes Medical Foundation

Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS), a regional health system with hospitals spanning the California coast from the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles, announced today formation of the DCHS Medical Foundation.

A patient-centered care delivery model that optimizes access and the provision of high-quality, integrated care, DCHS Medical Foundation is partnering with the physicians and associates of San Jose Medical Group (SJMG) to kick start and launch foundation operations.

The DCHS Medical Foundation will initially comprise over 200 primary care and specialty physicians offering medical, surgical and related health care services through several existing multi-specialty, community-based clinics in San Jose.

Ultimately, to preserve and enhance health care services locally, the DCHS Medical Foundation will expand and serve DCHS communities statewide in collaboration with local medical staffs at DCHS hospitals.

“With health care reform comes a new culture and the demand for closer collaboration and partnerships between hospitals and physicians,” said Robert Issai, President & CEO of Daughters of Charity Health System. “Coordinating and integrating hospital and physician clinical services through the DCHS Medical Foundation furthers our Mission and serves the best interests of our patients and the communities we serve.”

“Using the latest technology, and keeping our focus on the pending changes required by health care reform, the DCHS Medical Foundation will serve as one of the ways that we will move forward positively into the future,” said Dean Didech, MD, pediatrician and president of San Jose Medical Group.

“As they always have, our patients will receive coordinated, integrated health care that will meet their needs – body, mind and spirit,” he added. “Our partnership with the DCHS Medical Foundation will be transparent to our patients and staff. We don’t expect any effect on our day-to-day operations, delivery of care, or treatment plans.”

Also announced today are the appointment of Ernie Wallerstein as CEO of the DCHS Medical Foundation and the appointment of three additional directors to the DCHS Medical Foundation Board: Colman Ryan, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff of Seton Medical Center, Daly City, Calif.; Mike Stuart, chief financial officer for DCHS; and Anjali Sagdeo, MD, a San Jose Medical Group internist. Previously, the initial three board members were announced: Sr. Marion Bill, DC, Health Councillor, Daughters of Charity Province of the West; S. Daniel Higgins, MD, member, DCHS Board of Directors; and Issai.

“There is widespread excitement about this partnership,” said Wallerstein. “The DCHS Foundation is an opportunity to change the way health care is delivered. It’s an opportunity to improve patient outcomes in a cost effective manner across the entire state of California.”

About Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS):

Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) is a regional health system spanning the California coast from the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles. DCHS hospitals include Seton Medical Center, Daly City; Seton Coastside, Moss Beach; O’Connor Hospital, San Jose; Saint Louise Regional Hospital, Gilroy; St. Francis Medical Center, Lynwood; and St. Vincent Medical Center, Los Angeles. DCHS was formed in response to the health care needs of the people of California. Every day, more than 7,000 associates and physicians serve patients and their loved ones, providing quality, compassionate care – body, mind and spirit. For more information about DCHS, please visit www.verity.org.

About San Jose Medical Group:

Established in 1955 and serving 125,000 patients annually, San Jose Medical Group currently has offices in the Willow Glen area at 625 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose; the Good Samaritan area at 2585 Samaritan Drive, San Jose; and the Eastern foothills near Highway 680 and McKee at 227 N. Jackson Avenue, San Jose. The Medical Group also operates an Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic in the Willow Glen clinic at 625 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. For more information about the San Jose Medical Group, please visit www.sanjosemed.com.