Diagnostic Clinic of Longview and Longview Regional Medical Center finalize formal affiliation
POSTED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 5:59pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 6:00pm
longview, tx — Diagnostic Clinic of Longview (DCOL) and Longview Regional Medical Center (LRMC) have completed the formal affiliation announced earlier this year.
The organizations will retain their individual brands and management teams at both entities will remain in place. The affiliation lays the foundation for the creation of one of the most progressive and integrated healthcare systems in East Texas.
“This is an exciting time for everyone associated with our organizations, and the real benefit will be in the months and years ahead,” said DCOL President Robert Wheeler, M.D. “DCOL and Longview Regional share an impressive record for introducing revolutionary medical advancements to our region. Now, with a shared vision for the future and even greater collaboration, we are positioned to enhance the patient experience and deliver a higher level of personalized care.”
LRMC and DCOL join forces at a time when shifting dynamics in the healthcare industry are encouraging greater collaboration among providers. Integrated delivery systems allow for better coordination of patient care – from an office visit, to hospitalization or surgery, and through recovery. Integrated healthcare connects a patient’s physicians and care providers, who can work together to treat the whole person throughout the full spectrum of their condition and ultimately, throughout their lifetime.
DCOL will be guided by a joint oversight committee with representatives from DCOL and LRMC. Additionally, DCOL physicians will continue to serve on the LRMC Board of Trustees, actively participating in hospital governance.
“Our hospital values partnership with physicians – not just in our operating rooms, but in our operations as well,” said Jim Kendrick, chief executive officer of Longview Regional Medical Center. “We have tremendous respect for the DCOL physicians and their entire team. We are honored to formalize our partnership with their organization.”