Idaho Emergency Physicians (IEP) have voted unanimously to partner with CEP America, the leading provider of multi-specialty clinical staffing solutions. The partnership represents the first entry for CEP America into Idaho (Boise and Nampa), and also continues the company’s growing partnerships with independent physician groups.
The agreement went into effect on August 1, when all 40 of the current Emergency Department (ED) physicians with IEP became full partners with CEP America. IEP currently provides emergency department staffing for Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Centers in Boise and Nampa, as well as two freestanding emergency departments (FSED) for Saint Alphonsus Eagle Health Plaza and the Nampa Health Plaza. All four facilities are part of Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare delivery systems in the nation.
IEP was founded in 1974 as a democratic, physician-owned company that provides patient-centered emergency care for patients in southwestern Idaho. It is the largest single-specialty medical group practice in Idaho. The physicians of IEP provide care for over 100,000 patients in the community each year.
CEP America partners with hospitals and healthcare facilities to staff and manage clinical departments across the acute care continuum, including anesthesia, urgent, emergency, inpatient and post-acute care settings. The company’s democratic partnership model, where all physicians are owners and partners, has empowered physicians to enhance transitions of care for patients across patient populations and geographic regions.
“Joining CEP America was an important yet easy decision for our physicians,” said Brandon Wilding, MD, the former president of IEP. “Our organizations and physicians share a belief in the value of democratic partnerships. We are both committed to the synergies that an integrated emergency team, committed to care coordination, can bring to Saint Alphonsus’ facilities and the patients we serve.”
The agreement with IEP and Saint Alphonsus continues CEP America’s expansion through partnerships with leading nationally and regionally recognized physician groups and facilities. Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center is the first hospital established in Boise and is a 381-bed facility with a Level 2 Trauma Center, Level I STEMI Center and Level II Stroke Center. It also operates the FSED at Saint Alphonsus Eagle Health Plaza. Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa is a 152-bed acute care hospital, operating the hospital’s ED and a FSED at Saint Alphonsus Nampa Health Plaza. Saint Alphonsus Health System is a four-hospital, regional, faith-based Catholic ministry serving 700,000 people in two states.
“The changing healthcare marketplace, combined with patients ongoing needs for quality emergency and urgent care services, means that hospitals and health systems must continually explore new ideas to improve quality and meet the demands of today’s value-based reimbursement systems,” said Andrew Southard, MD, Medical Director for Saint Alphonsus Medical Center. “CEP America has more than 40 years of experience helping EDs improve patient satisfaction and outcomes. Their proven programs and systems will help us to bring even better care to our community.”
About Saint Alphonsus Health System
As a faith-based Catholic ministry and not-for-profit health system, Saint Alphonsus Health System reinvests in the communities we serve, through charity care and other benefits. Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of people by emphasizing care that is patient-centered, physician-led, innovative and community-based. Saint Alphonsus Health System serves the people of southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada through these facilities: Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center - Boise, ID; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa, ID; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario, OR; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Baker City, OR; and Saint Alphonsus Medical Group with primary and specialty care providers at over 60 clinic locations, all of which are members of the Saint Alphonsus Health Alliance, a network of over 1900 employed and independent providers. Saint Alphonsus is a proud affiliate of Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Trinity Health serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 88 hospitals and 126 continuing care facilities, home health and hospice programs, and PACE center locations that provide more than 2.5 million visits annually. To find out more go to: www.saintalphonsus.org