LOS ANGELES (July 5, 2012) – CareMore Health Plan, a Medicare Advantage Program based in Cerritos, California, has selected Good Samaritan Hospital as its preferred hospital provider in the central Los Angeles area. As part of the agreement between the two parties, CareMore will construct a new Comprehensive Care Center – a one stop medical home for seniors – nearby Good Samaritan Hospital. The Center is expected to be completed by the Fall of 2012.
For the first time, Medicare beneficiaries in central Los Angeles (including the central and mid-city area, Hollywood, Koreatown, and Hancock Park) will have the option of choosing CareMore’s renowned system of integrated medical care.
“Expanding CareMore’s ‘Medical Home model’ into the heart of Los Angeles is an important milestone in the growth of our organization. Our unique approach to caring for seniors with chronic diseases will be supported by the high quality patient services at Good Samaritan Hospital, which has consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation,” said Ken Kim, M.D., chief medical officer of Clinical Programs for CareMore. “We have partnered with the most prestigious and respected hospital in downtown Los Angeles. This affiliation will add a new level of comprehensive care for our members in the Los Angeles area.”
“Good Samaritan Hospital has been committed to serving the senior population in our service area for over 125 years,” said Andrew B. Leeka, president and chief executive officer of Good Samaritan Hospital. “We share CareMore’s philosophy of providing a continuum of care to support seniors and we are proud to have been selected as their preferred hospital for their new network.”
In addition to its Medicare Advantage Program for seniors, CareMore is a managed care plan option for “Dual Eligible” beneficiaries covered by both Medicare and Medi-Cal. CareMore can be reached at 1 (877) 211-6614 or at www.caremore.com
About Good Samaritan Hospital
First opened in 1885, Good Samaritan Hospital is a 408-bed tertiary care facility offering leading edge medical treatments in cardiology and cardiac surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, oncology, gastroenterology, hepaticobiliary surgery, transfusion-free surgery and women’s services. For more information, visit www.goodsam.org.
CareMore Health Plans are subsidiaries of WellPoint that operate multiple plans under three federally-approved Medicare Advantage contracts. The plans serve a total of more than 67,000 Medicare members throughout Southern California, Northern California, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. CareMore specializes in health care services that help Medicare beneficiaries who are chronically ill and/or frail.