published on June 13, 2016 - 6:07 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Tulare Regional Medical Center has received nearly $15 million in federal funding to further its goal of creating an integrated health-care delivery system.

HealthCare Conglomerate Associates (HCCA), operator of Tulare Regional Medical Center, was recently notified it would receive $3 million each year for the next five years under the federal PRIME (Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives MediCal) program.

Hospital officials have established six areas to focus is resources, including integrated behavioral health, ambulatory care redesign, patient safety in an ambulatory setting, Million Hearts Initiative, cancer screening and follow-up, and post Incarceration.
Funding in the amount of up to $3.1 million for each of five years has been allocated for four of the six projects. HCCA will self-fund the remaining two projects.

“It is a lofty to-do list, and there is a lot of infrastructure that needs to be built,” said Cynthia Rios, HCCA’s director of ambulatory strategic planning and development. “It is within our reach, and we are particularly optimistic about how a redesign of ambulatory care will improve our medical offices.”

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