MemorialCare Medical Foundation Adds Orange County's Digestive Disease Center to its Ambulatory Surgery Joint Venture Partnerships

Apr 10, 2013, 15:40 ET from MemorialCare Health System

Transaction Expands MemorialCare's Integrated Health Care Delivery System

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. and LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Calif., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MemorialCare Medical Foundation, the physician group division of MemorialCare Health System in Southern California, announced that its Beach Surgical Holdings, LLC joint venture company has entered into a partnership with Digestive Disease Center, a prominent Orange County gastrointestinal (GI) medical specialty facility.

Beach Surgical Holdings, a joint venture between MemorialCare Medical Foundation and the national Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA) acquired a 51% interest in Digestive Disease Center, where SCA will provide strategic and day-to-day management services. Digestive Disease Center, located in Laguna Hills adjacent to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, has been providing care to the community since 1988, and the new ownership interest furthers MemorialCare's integrated delivery system throughout the Southland. The remaining 49% interest is owned by the center's gastroenterology physician partners and Monarch HealthCare.

The Digestive Disease Center is a state-of-the-art GI medical specialty facility. Its five board-certified, fellowship-trained gastroenterologists specialize in digestive disorders and conditions, including colon cancer, GERD (gastroesophageal reflex disease), gallbladder and gallstones, liver disease, pancreatitis, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease. It is fully equipped to conduct colonoscopy and upper GI endoscopy procedures.

"This physician partnership with MemorialCare and SCA is another example of a sincere effort to improve the alignment of physician, patient and health system goals," said J. Michael Trenbeath, M.D., Digestive Disease Center gastroenterologist. "We are committed to providing our patients with an exceptional level of care and high-quality GI services that are highly convenient, easily accessible and cost effective for the communities we serve." 

In February, MemorialCare announced it had joined with Surgical Care Affiliates to form Beach Surgical Holdings, LLC with the goal to develop, acquire and manage ambulatory surgery centers in Orange and Los Angeles counties. The first ventures announced involved partnerships with MemorialCare Surgical Center in Laguna Hills and Saddleback Valley Outpatient Surgery Center in Laguna Woods.

"These joint ventures are deepening physician relationships, expanding outpatient surgical and other offerings, increasing our many activities in population health management, creating efficiencies by managing costs, furthering the continuum of care, leveraging the capabilities of all parties and strengthening MemorialCare Health System's position as a comprehensive, integrated delivery system," says Barry Arbuckle, Ph.D. MemorialCare Health System President & CEO.

"Expansion of ambulatory surgery centers provides convenient options for our growing patient base in Orange and Los Angeles counties. It allows us to expand our reach in regions like South Orange County as well as future opportunities in Orange and Los Angeles counties," says Mark Schafer, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of MemorialCare Medical Foundation, which includes more than 2,000 physicians who are part of its MemorialCare Medical Group, its Independent Practice Association—Greater Newport Physicians, as well as affiliated physicians.

"We are looking forward to further expanding our Digestive Disease Center relationship with Monarch gastroenterologists though this collaboration with MemorialCare Medical Foundation," says Bart Asner, M.D., CEO of Monarch HealthCare. "This offers an excellent opportunity to broaden our outpatient capabilities to achieve better care, lower cost and a superior experience for patients."

"This endeavor—a real partnership between MemorialCare and community gastroenterologists—ultimately benefits all the patients we serve," says Ken Deck, M.D., Associate Medical Director of Monarch Health Care and Physician Leadership Board member of Surgical Care Affiliates. "There is clear evidence that patients have great experiences in outpatient settings, which follows the goal in health care to provide the highest quality care at a lower cost. Actions like these help ensure a strong and positive future for health care."

"This is a great opportunity for significant health care providers to come together and offer advanced specialty services," said Andrew Hayek, President and CEO of Surgical Care Affiliates. "We are proud of our partnership with MemorialCare and look forward to expanding throughout the two-county area."

MemorialCare Health System, a not-for-profit integrated delivery system with more than 11,000 employees and 2,300 physicians, includes 200 clinical care sites, six top hospitals—Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach, Community Hospital Long Beach, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills and San Clemente; a medical group—MemorialCare Medical Group; an Independent Practice Association (IPA)—Greater Newport Physicians; MemorialCare HealthExpress retail clinics; ambulatory surgery centers and numerous outpatient health facilities throughout the Southland. An innovator in health care delivery, MemorialCare focuses on evidence-based, best practice medicine where physicians and health professionals study best clinical practices and implement them at MemorialCare's sites with outcomes frequently exceeding state and national averages. It recently was again honored with the Gallup Great Workplace Award, which recognizes 32 companies from around the world whose employee engagement results demonstrate they have the world's most productive and engaged workforces. For more information, visit

Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA) partners with physicians, hospitals and health systems to develop and implement surgical services strategies across the county. SCA operates 150 surgical facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers, surgical hospitals and hospital surgery departments in partnership with approximately 2,000 physicians and in affiliation with 30 not-for-profit health systems across the country. SCA's clinical systems, service line growth strategies, benchmarking processes and efficiency programs create measurable advantages for surgical facilities—clinically, operationally and financially. For more information, visit

SOURCE MemorialCare Health System