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El Centro, Scripps in talks over hospital
Imperial Valley Press Online

El Centro Regional Medical Center may soon have a new owner. The city of El Centro and Scripps Health announced Monday that they have signed an exclusive negotiation agreement to form an affiliation. “It would be an acquisition. Management would be under Scripps,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps Health president and chief executive officer. Although the hospital is profitable, recent changes in health care law have local officials worried.