Sound Physicians Enters Agreement to Provide Hospitalist Services for Natividad Medical Center

Leading health care organization partners with California hospital to improve quality, reduce cost of care

Nov 03, 2015, 07:00 ET from Sound Physicians

TACOMA, Wash., Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sound Physicians, a health care organization focused on improving quality and lowering cost throughout the acute episode of care, announced today an agreement to provide hospitalist services for Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA.

Natividad Medical Center is a 172-bed acute care hospital owned and operated by Monterey County. The hospital is a Level II Trauma Center and the only teaching hospital on the Central Coast, through its affiliation with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Sound Physicians will recruit a team of five engaged hospitalist physicians, including a chief hospitalist, as well as a hospitalist nurse focused on driving performance improvements and patient experience with the team.

"Natividad Medical Center shares many of our goals including optimal patient satisfaction, improved quality outcomes, and a lowered cost of care," said Robert Bessler, M.D, chief executive officer of Sound Physicians. "We look forward to partnering with Natividad Medical Center to achieve this vision."

Gary Gray, D.O., chief executive officer of Natividad Medical Center, said, "Hospitalists are on site in the hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days per year and are able to provide immediate care for patients with a diverse range of needs. We chose to partner with Sound Physicians because of their outstanding reputation and our shared commitment to providing excellent quality care to each of our patients."

Working with Natividad Medical Center, Sound Physicians will introduce its SoundConnect workflow and communication platform to drive improvement in outcomes and foster effective communication as it fulfills its vision of being the leader in improving quality and lowering the cost of care for patients in the communities it serves.

About Sound Physicians
Sound Physicians is a leading health care organization with a proven record of improving quality, satisfaction and financial performance for hospitals and post-acute facilities nationwide. Our patient-centered approach, web-based workflow platform, experienced leadership team, and more than 2,000 hospitalist, intensivist and transitional care providers drive breakthrough results throughout the acute episode of care for nearly 300 hospitals and post-acute facilities in 35 states across the nation.

About Natividad Medical Center (NMC)
Owned and operated by Monterey County, NMC is a 172-bed, acute-care hospital providing health care services to county residents for more than 129 years. Based in Salinas, California, NMC offers inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic and specialty medical care. NMC provides more than 34,000 patient days of care each year and has more than 52,000 emergency department visits per year. NMC is a Level II Trauma Center providing the immediate availability of specialized personnel, equipment and services to treat the most severe and critical injuries. NMC's Trauma Center is a vital community service locally that saves lives and eliminates the need to fly critically injured patients to a distant trauma center. NMC is ranked No. 1 in newborn deliveries in Monterey County and is the only teaching hospital on the Central Coast through its affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). With a medical staff of more than 300 physicians, NMC's mission is to continually monitor and improve the health of the people, including the vulnerable, in Monterey County through coordinated, affordable high-quality health care. For more information, please call 831-755-4111 or visit

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