Scripps Enters Exclusive Talks for El Centro Regional Medical Center Affliation

Affiliation to improve health care quality and access in Imperial Valley

“The Front-Line Leader” book by Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health in San Diego, California, is now available.  Notable book reviews were received on Chris’ philosophy of putting people first, his management tips,  and how he successfully implemented what he learned to build strong relationships and a strong organization.  Called the “Best New Leadership Book for 2014” by Eric Jacobson. CEO Chris Van Gorder now has a blog at: http://www.scripps.org/blogs/front-line-leader

The City of El Centro today announced the execution of an exclusive negotiating agreement with Scripps Health, a private, nonprofit health system in San Diego, California. This 90-day agreement begins exclusive negotiations for the possible acquisition and management of El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) by Scripps.


In May, the City Council voted unanimously to seek an affiliation partner for ECRMC to elevate the quality of local health care by enhancing services and increasing access points for care in the Imperial Valley, and to eliminate any future liability for the city.

Health system CEOs emphasize patient care

“El Centro Regional Medical Center has a long and successful history of serving the health care needs of El Centro and the Imperial Valley,” said Chris Van Gorder , Scripps President and CEO. “With all the changes occurring in health care now, Scripps is in a unique position to help El Centro continue that tradition. We look forward to productive discussions toward that end.”


“After reaching out to more than 30 organizations as part of our exploration, we are pleased to be entering this next phase with Scripps Health,” said David Green, Chief Executive Officer of ECRMC. “Their mission and values align with the mission and values of El Centro Regional Medical Center, and we feel that together the city, the hospital, and most importantly, patients will greatly benefit from this affiliation.”

Media Contact

Janice Collins
858-678-7486
collins.janice@scrippshealth.org
Follow me: @janicecollins