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Dignity Health Central Coast Aligns with Stanford Medicine to Expand Health Care Services

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Affiliation will build on capabilities of local clinicians to enhance care for patients of Central Coast patients, closer to home

CENTRAL COAST, CA – December 9, 2020 – Dignity Health Central Coast and Stanford Medicine are pleased to announce a broad affiliation with the aim of enhancing health care for Central Coast communities. 

The new agreement will build on the existing capabilities of Dignity Health Central Coast, Pacific Central Coast Health Centers, and the strong contingent of physicians and caregivers aligned with Dignity Health Central Coast’s service area in order to improve coordinated access to Stanford Medicine’s world-leading research and subspecialty care. 

Stanford Medicine’s unique digital health solutions will play an important part in this collaboration, with the goal of empowering local physicians and meaningfully improving the ability to partner in the care journey of patients and their families. Patient care will be coordinated between Dignity Health Central Coast, Pacific Central Coast Health Centers, aligned physicians, and Stanford Medicine to ensure a more seamless experience, which will improve care, access, and services for patients and communities.

“With the health care delivery system we have developed throughout the Central Coast, this new master agreement with Stanford Medicine will bring advanced health care into our communities and expand our capabilities by offering innovative methods for improving the health and well-being of our patients,” said Chuck Cova, President and CEO, Dignity Health Central Coast. “We intend to remain at the forefront of health care and assuring our patients have access to the most advanced medical care in our service area.” 

“With this partnership, Central Coast residents will gain access to specialty care physicians and services of Stanford Medicine — one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers — which will allow even more families to receive care closer to home,” says Scott Robertson, MD, Dignity Health Central Coast Chief Medical Officer. “Our affiliation marks a significant step toward the development and provision of innovative health care on the Central Coast.” 

“We’re excited to broaden our relationship with Dignity Health on the Central Coast. Stanford Health Care has a long history of treating patients with complex needs from the Central Coast. As we enter a new phase of our relationship, we hope to extend the reach of our academic clinical care to serve this area with additional expertise, resources, and tools. By partnering with local physicians, Stanford Medicine is striving to provide the best possible care experience closer to home,” said David Entwistle, President and CEO of Stanford Health Care. 

“It’s often difficult for families and their physicians to find the right subspecialties. A formal affiliation enables us to create more direct links and processes to efficiently guide patients to appropriate services, and to treat pediatric patients near their families as much as possible,” said Paul King, President and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health.  

Added Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, Dean of the Stanford School of Medicine, “This collaboration fits perfectly with Stanford Medicine’s goal of bringing clinical research, advanced innovations in care delivery, and our overall academic mission into the community. We believe this makes Stanford Medicine stronger, too.”

Dignity Health and Stanford Medicine plan to share further details about the affiliation in the coming months, including information about specific clinical services, including oncology, heart health, neurosciences and more. 


About Dignity Health Central Coast
Dignity Health Central Coast is comprised of award-winning hospitals, all recognized for their quality of care, safety and service, primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services, and comprehensive home health services. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, and Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria. Pacific Central Coast Health Centers (PHC), a service of Dignity Health, is a non-profit clinic organization comprised of 45 health centers and 190 physicians and advanced care providers, located from Templeton to Oxnard. Our experienced physicians and health centers provide a wide range of primary and specialty care services. As a Dignity Health member, PHC is a part of Dignity Health Central Coast’s award-winning network of care. For more information, visit

About Stanford Medicine
The Stanford University School of Medicine consistently ranks among the nation’s top medical schools, integrating research, medical education, patient care and community service. For more news about the school, please visit The medical school is part of Stanford Medicine, which includes Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. For information about all three, please visit

About Stanford Health Care
Stanford Health Care seeks to heal humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time, through its commitment to care, education and discovery. Stanford Health Care delivers clinical innovation across its inpatient services, specialty health centers, physician offices, virtual care offerings and health plan programs. Stanford Health Care is part of Stanford Medicine, a leading academic health system that includes the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Children’s Health, and Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare. Stanford Medicine is renowned for breakthroughs in treating cancer, heart disease, brain disorders, and surgical and medical conditions. Learn more at



Publish date: 

Wednesday, December 09, 2020