Reedley hospital brings on new staffing firm

Adventist Medical Center in Reedley announced a new contract with CEP America to provide management and staffing services to the hospital's emergency department.

The arrangement makes 49-bed hospital the sixth Adventist Health hospital to begin work with Emeryville, Calif.-based CEP America, a company with more than 1,800 providers at over 100 practice locations serving over 4 million patients annually.

"CEP goes in and works with existing staff and administration to identify to improve successful processes while identifying ways to improve quality of care," said CEP spokesperson Eric Jost. "That can be anything from reconfiguration to the ED's (Emergency Department) physical layout or increasing the number of physicians at various times of day depending on volume of patients."

The company's proprietary Rapid Medical Evaluation program has brought the average wait time at partner hospitals down to 20 minutes below the national average.

"Based on CEP America's continued success with our fellow Adventist Health hospitals, we knew they were the right choice for us," said Denyse Bales-Chubb, administrator of Adventist Medical Center, in a release. "By partnering with CEP America, we can continue to enhance the quality of care to our emergency department visitors."

Adventist Medical Center, located at 372 W. Cypress Ave. in Reedley, serves around 14,000 patients in its emergency department every year.

The hospital was formerly known as Sierra Kings District Hospital before it was leased by Adventist late last year in a 15-year deal that also included the purchase of five Valley clinics and $3.7 million in equipment from Sierra Kings.