Hospital's transition will be 'seamless,' Memorial says

News-DemocratMarch 26, 2014 

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— Memorial Hospital announced a new contract with a physician-owned organization out of California for 13 hospital positions.

Beginning April 1, CEP America will employ 10 physicians and three mid-level professionals, or physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

The employees are currently part of Memorial's staff but will begin receiving their paychecks from CEP. There will be no new hires or layoffs, officials said.

"It will be a seamless transition because it's the same physicians doing the same or similar work," said hospital President Mark Turner.

In 2012, Memorial Hospital contracted with CEP America, one of the largest providers of acute care management and staffing solutions, to provide physician management and clinical services in the hospital's emergency department. Since that time, emergency department satisfaction scores have improved.

"It's been the right direction for us based on the experiences we've had in the emergency department," Turner said. "We're excited about this opportunity and expanding the partnership."

Dr. Savoy Brummer, who has lead the emergency department at Memorial since 2012, recently was named Emergency Department Director of the Year from Blue Jay Consulting, the Emergency Medicine Foundation and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He credited the award to the partnership between CEP and Memorial.

Turner said he does not anticipate the change in staffing to affect patients.

"I see it as no change in the short run," he said. "We just see, as health care continues to morph, there's a need for finding more efficiencies."

Turner said that outsourcing is the future of hospital staffing and that Memorial plans to continue the partnership with CEP when Memorial Hospital-East opens in Shiloh.

Contact reporter Maria Hasenstab at mhasenstab@bnd.com or 618-239-2460.

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