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Scripps Health and Kaiser Permanente have signed a 10-year comprehensive agreement for Scripps to provide cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology and bariatric services to more than 500,000 Kaiser members across San Diego County.

Financial details in the Nov. 9 press announcement were not disclosed.

Scripps also will provide hospital services to Kaiser members transferred to a Scripps facility or who are treated in a Scripps emergency department.

“This agreement extends our close working partnership that has been built over the past 30 years around quality, medical management and patient satisfaction,” said Scripps President and CEO Chris Van Gorder.

“Through this new agreement, we look forward to even greater opportunities to provide innovative, leading-edge cardiovascular health care,” said Mary Ann Barnes, senior vice president and executive director for Kaiser Permanente San Diego.

Scripps will break ground next year on an eight-story, 383,000-square-foot hospital tower on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. The new tower, estimated to cost $398 million, will serve as the hub of the Scripps Cardiovascular Institute, which will combine the cardiovascular programs of Kaiser Permanente, Scripps La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital.

Scripps said it provided cardiovascular care to more than 45,000 patients last year.

— Steve Sinovic

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