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RMC And MHD Sign Long-Term Commitment To March Lifecare

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Exactly one year after the approval of the Environmental Impact Report and Specific Plan by the March Joint Powers Authority, March HealthCare Development, LLC (MHD) has signed an agreement with the Riverside Medical Clinic (RMC) that will be the foundation for a new integrated healthcare delivery system on the March LifeCare campus.

MHD founder Don Ecker speaks with pride about his long-term relationship with RMC, "This is a cornerstone agreement that, with Catholic Healthcare West and St. Bernardine Medical Center, creates a true partnership to bring a new healthcare vision to the Inland Empire."

"All parties are working hard to build a new healthcare model for the future and will spend the next 60 days to reach a definitive agreement for a comprehensive healthcare campus," states Phil Dalton, MHD Director of Hospital and Physician Ventures.

Founded in 1935, RMC is one of the oldest and most successful healthcare organizations in the Inland Empire. Modeled after the Mayo Clinic, the vision of RMC has been to bring top notch primary and specialty physicians into a multispecialty medical group that offers virtually every outpatient service the community might need. As the first fully accredited multi-specialty group in the area, RMC now serves more than 226,000 patients.

Both RMC Chair/CEO Dr. Steve Larson and President/COO Judy Carpenter participated in the groundbreaking announcements made by MHD in June 2010. Dr. Larson said that the newly signed agreement with MHD "provides an opportunity to develop a coordinated healthcare system that encompasses the full continuum of care for the Inland Empire."

"This is an integral piece of our strategy to improve the access to high quality healthcare services for the community," Carpenter added.

RMC Vice-Chair Dr. Ravi Berry was a key contributor in the finalization of this historic transaction. Dr. Berry said that "RMC and MHD are working closely together to build a model that will be an example for cost-effective, high quality, healthcare compatible with healthcare reform."

Mark Ostoich, MHD General Counsel and George Reyes, RMC General Counsel agreed that "it has been very gratifying to work together as a team to document this monumental transaction."

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