Written by Donald A. Promnitz
Community Medical Centers is currently working to renew an important contract with a medical group that provides more than two dozen physicians to its hospitals, but according to their CEO, they only found out when the public did.
According to a press statement by Community Medical Centers’ President and CEO Gary Castro, they’ve proposed a detailed path to the Central California Faculty Medical Group (CCFMG) that would allow for patients to see the same physician in the same clinic.
On Tuesday, CCFMG’s contract with Community Medical Centers expired without renewal. Castro says that as late as Monday, CMC understood they were collaboratively moving forward to finalize the necessary agreements to allow for the hospital to provide funding and only discovered the contract had expired when it was reported in the media. CCFMG provides such important fields as emergency medicine and neurosurgery.
Castro, however, stressed that service will continue in the meantime, while a contract is worked out.
“We are in this together, and there’s no reason for CCFMG to alarm patients or health care partners by talk of closing the clinics or the emergency department, which plays no role in this contract,” Castro said.
This also means trauma services are expected to proceed uninterrupted.