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PIH Health to Partner With Good Samaritan Hospital

By Jack O'Brien  
   September 06, 2019

The two Golden State providers announced the affiliation Thursday but did not specify an expected closure date.

Los Angeles-based Good Samaritan Hospital will be joining Whittier-based PIH Health, according to a joint announcement made Thursday afternoon.

As part of the deal, PIH Health will provide additional capital investments to Good Samaritan Hospital, which will go by the name "PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital" once the merger closes.

Both organizations stated that they will "work together over the next few months" in anticipation of closing the deal, but did not offer a specific timetable for when that would be finalized.

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"Good Samaritan has been a cornerstone of excellent healthcare in Los Angeles for more than 130 years," James R. West, CEO of PIH Health, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to welcome their physicians, staff and patients to the PIH Health family as we work together to provide outstanding care to patients right in their own communities."

Andrew B. Leeka, CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital, echoed West's sentiments, adding that his organization plans on expanding services in the Southern California market as a result of the merger.

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The Golden State provider market has grown increasingly consolidated over the past decade, according to a joint study by RAND Corporation and the University of California, Berkeley released last September, with some counties labelled as "hot spots" in need of greater regulatory review.

The impact of the provider consolidation has been noticeable on consumers, with another Berkeley study from last March noting that Californians pay for healthcare services that are "considerably above what a more competitive market would produce."

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Jack O'Brien is the finance editor at HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

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