Glendale Adventist Medical Center Debuts Adventist Health Physicians Network

Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) is pleased to announce the launch of their division of Adventist Health Physicians Network (AHPN), effective July 1.
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June 15, 2012 - PRLog -- NEWS RELEASE
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Glendale Adventist Medical Center Debuts Adventist Health
Physicians Network to Introduce Community-Based
Coordinated Care Beyond Hospital Walls
CEO Kevin A. Roberts cites “commitment to align and defragment
the delivery of quality health care in Glendale”

GLENDALE, CA -- June 15, 2012 -- Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) is pleased to announce the launch of their division of Adventist Health Physicians Network (AHPN), effective July 1.  AHPN is Adventist Health’s statewide Medical Foundation that responds to the need for better community care across the full continuum. The Medical Foundation model allows better integration of care between ambulatory (physician practice/urgent care) sites and the hospital, which provides a much broader, community-based way to care for our patients, and this community. The network is launched with the signing of definitive agreements between AHPN and Doctors Avedis and Ara Tavitian, principals of the two urgent care centers “RapidCare” in Glendale and Burbank, a multi-specialty medical group, Universal Primary Care, and a management service organization, Premier Health Management Group. The agreement, which will close on July 1, will bring these medical institutions under the ownership of AHPN.

The Foundation model will be seamless for patients at each location as AHPN expects to engage current physicians and employees. The network will bring Adventist’s focus on wellness and disease prevention to its new points of care outside of the hospital. Physician practices include family medicine, internal medicine, endocrinology and pediatrics physician practices, and the two urgent care centers providing care for minor emergencies like fractures, sprains, and illnesses. Because of the ability to integrate with GAMC hospital systems, patients and physicians will benefit from more coordinated care as intended in health care reform legislation. This integration will have a positive impact on the health of this community.

“The network showcases a partnership, an alignment of the best traits of each entity for the benefit of patients and this community,” says Kevin A. Roberts, President and CEO at GAMC.  “The management group now operated through AHPN will focus on what they do best, running efficient physician-based business systems while the matrix relationship capitalizes on the hospital’s access to technology and capital investments so that associated doctors can focus on quality patient care.  AHPN underscores our commitment to create efficient and effective solutions to align and defragment the delivery of high quality health care in Glendale.”
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Dr. Ara Tavitian adds, “We saw the value to integrating our outpatient and physician services with Glendale Adventist Medical Center to better coordinate clinical data and care management for our patients. Thanks to the wealth of knowledge and experience that comes from over 100 years of commitment to our community, GAMC is the best partner for this advancement of health services and integrated care delivery.”

Adventist Health, the parent company of Glendale Adventist Medical Center, currently operates more than 150 physician clinics, hospital-based clinic, and rural health clinics in California, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii. The Glendale division of Adventist Health Physicians Network is one of four divisions of the larger statewide medical foundation.  

GAMC has plans for further development of their network and Medical Foundation moving into the future.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,700 includes more than 21,000 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,000 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 150 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit http://www.glendaleadventist.com for more information.
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