The new nonprofit City of Hope Medical Foundation, launched June 1, begins a new era of increased collaboration between the physicians and the organization in providing care to patients and serving the community.
|City of Hope hosted several events including a reception at the South Pasadena Cancer Center to welcome employees to the new City of Hope Medical Foundation. (Photo by Thomas Brown)|
The former California Cancer Specialists Medical Group (CCSMG) and Oncology Specialists of COH (OSCOH), two of the medical groups that provided patient care at City of Hope, joined with the organization to form the new medical foundation. The foundation is a sister organization to City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope.
The medical foundation is contracting with City of Hope Medical Group, the new medical group comprising physicians, psychologists, fellows and physician assistants from both CCSMG and OSCOH, to provide services to the foundation’s patients. The new medical group also will provide teaching, administrative and research services.
More than 180 physicians have joined the new City of Hope Medical Group in addition to more than 100 staff members from CCSMG who have joined the medical foundation, which will house certain operational and administrative functions, including managed care contracting.
“The addition of the former CCSMG and OSCOH employees strengthens City of Hope. These structural changes and the talents that these individuals bring to City of Hope will enable us to serve our patients and their families better in the years ahead,” said Michael A. Friedman, M.D., president and chief executive officer.
|Button marks establishment of a new medical foundation. (Photo by Thomas Brown)|
City of Hope leaders said their goal is a seamless transition for patients with no interruptions in the quality of patient care.
“The formation of the medical foundation and the City of Hope Medical Group are significant events as we move toward our 100th anniversary,” said Robert Stone, J.D., who was appointed as the initial president and executive officer of the medical foundation. “Through this new structure, we can all come together and find ways to improve the experience of our patients and help City of Hope prepare for an even more successful future.”
Stone, who also serves as City of Hope’s chief strategy and administrative officer, was instrumental in developing the vision and preparing for the new foundation, as well as integrating the medical groups and institution.
Over the next 12 to 18 months, as the organization continues to integrate systems and processes, Stone will work with physicians and City of Hope leaders to plan, design and implement the foundation strategy and to implement the governance structure. He also will lead the team overseeing the foundation and the foundation-operated clinics, including community practices in South Pasadena, Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and Glendale.
“City of Hope has an exceptional medical staff and a legacy of providing world-class, compassionate care to patients while serving the community in general through its research and teaching functions,” said Alexandra M. Levine, M.D., M.A.C.P., chief medical officer. “The foundation creates a long-term, mutual commitment between City of Hope and physicians and empowers physicians to more directly engage in governance of the institution.”