High Desert Primary Care Announces New Name and forms St. Mary High Desert Medical Group

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By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare is pleased to announce that High Desert Primary Care Medical Group is partnering with the physicians of St. Mary Specialty Clinic and will now be called St. Mary High Desert Medical Group, effective Jan. 1, 2014. This partnership and new name will not impact physician-patient relationships.

St. Mary High Desert Medical Group will allow patients within the High Desert community to have access to the St. Joseph Health network, which includes award-winning hospitals, medical groups and independent physician associations nationally recognized for excellence. St. Joseph Health, St. Mary will play a large role in this new partnership as it will provide hospital services for patients of the new medical group. More can be read about these great health care organizations by visiting their websites at stmaryapplevalley.org or stjhs.org.

“The partnership will result in a better coordination of care not only from a cost standpoint, but also quality,” said Ryan Orr, Manager, Communication and Marketing at St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare . “What the name change means in regards to the service and care provided. A major advantage is that the physicians that are part of this medical group can focus 100 percent on the health and wellbeing of their patients. Many doctors have to market themselves, recruit new patients, manage a staff, building etc. With St. Mary High Desert Medical Group, we handle all of the business and marketing responsibilities so the physicians can focus solely on their patients. This will provide an increased quality of care for St. Mary High Desert Medical Group patients.”

Niki Balginy will serve as vice president of administration for the High Desert Region and Ziad El- Hajjaoui, MD will serve as the medical director for St. Mary High Desert Medical Group. “This medical group represents the coming together of two dedicated groups focused on serving the needs of the High Desert community,” said Balginy. “The new name reflects the compassionate and outstanding care that has been a hallmark of the St. Mary name, as well as our strengthened relationship with the widely respected St. Joseph Health, St. Mary and its network of care.”

About St. Mary High Desert Medical Group

St. Mary High Desert Medical Group is part of St. Joseph Health – an integrated health care delivery system founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and Brothers of St. John of God. With 40 primary care physicians and specialists serving all High Desert communities, our practitioners have the expertise to provide compassionate, quality care for the entire family, through every stage of life. St. Mary High Desert Medical Group accepts most major insurance plans including PPO, HMO, Medicare, and Medi- Cal. More information may be found at StMaryHighDesertMedicalGroup.org.

About St. Joseph Health, St. Mary

Established in 1956, St. Joseph Health, St. Mary is a 212-bed acute care medical center that is home to the High Desert’s premiere comprehensive cardiovascular surgery program. The medical center is fully accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). St. Mary is part of St. Joseph Health, which is a non-profit, faith-based health care delivery organization serving California, Texas and New Mexico. In Southern California, its hospitals include Mission Hospital with campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach; St. Joseph Hospital in Orange; St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton and St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, along with St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare and home health care services. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, St. Joseph Health strives to achieve its mission by realizing three strategic goals: Sacred Encounters, Perfect Care and Healthiest Communities.

About St. Joseph Health

St. Joseph Health is a $4.4 billion not-for-profit integrated Catholic health care delivery system sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. St. Joseph Health’s comprehensive range of services includes 14 acute care hospitals, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities, community clinics and physician organizations throughout California, Texas, and New Mexico. Collectively, the 24,000 dedicated employees and 6,000 outstanding physicians deliver care to more than 137,000 inpatients and 3.6 million outpatients each year. Throughout its comprehensive regions of care, St. Joseph Heath strives to provide perfect care while building the healthiest communities and ensuring every encounter is sacred. These extraordinary efforts have been recognized locally and nationally, including distinctions in US News & World Report and Magnet recognition. Guided by the traditions of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, St. Joseph Health is committed to maintaining a continuum of care that matches the diverse needs of its communities. St. Joseph Health’s Southern California hospitals include Mission Hospital (Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach); St. Mary Medical Center (Apple Valley); St. Joseph Hospital (Orange) and St. Jude Medical Center (Fullerton). For more information, visit www.stjoe.org.

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