KPC Health founder, Dr. Kali Chaudhuri chairman receives ‘Book of Golden Deeds’ Community Service Award

KPC Health founder, Dr. Kali Chaudhuri chairman receives ‘Book of Golden Deeds’ Community Service Award

HEMET – Dr. Kali P. Chaudhuri, founder and chairman of KPC Health, was recently named the 53rd annual Book of Golden Deeds award winner by the Hemet-San Jacinto Exchange Club.

Awarded every year since 1967, the Book of Golden Deeds honors members of the San Jacinto and Hemet communities who give their time and talents to make their community a better place to live and work.

Hundreds of community members, stakeholders, elected officials, friends and family members gathered at the Soboba Resort and Casino Events Center Thursday, Dec. 5, to honor Chaudhuri for his many contributions to the surrounding community, including KPC Health’s Hemet and Menifee Global Medical Centers.

“I love Hemet and the future is bright for this community,” Chaudhuri said. “To me, Hemet is heaven. I came here more than 30 years ago to start my medical practice and never left. I raised my family here, built my business here, and made Hemet my home.  There is still much work to be done, and I look forward to helping in every way that I can.”

KPC Health owns and operates a group of integrated health care delivery systems consisting of acute care hospitals, Independent Physician Associations, medical groups and various fully integrated multispecialty medical facilities.

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KPC Global Last-ditch Effort to Reopen Hahnemann

KPC Global Last-ditch Effort to Reopen Hahnemann

A California-based hospital management company is planning to be in Wilmington Wednesday, hoping to provide an alternative option to selling Hahnemann University Hospital’s residents program assets to a group of area health systems for $55 million.

KPC Global, which wants to buy and reopen Hahnemann University Hospital, filed a notice last week of its intention to participate in Wednesday’s bankruptcy court hearing on the proposed asset sale.

Based in Santa Ana, Calif., KPC operates seven hospitals in Southern California. The company also owns and operates independent physicians associations, medical groups, urgent care facilities, and a variety of multi-specialty medical facilities on the West Coast. It was founded by orthopedic surgeon and entrepreneur Dr. Kali Chaudhuri, who serves as the company’s chairman.

The bankruptcy court filing submitted Thursday by KPC and its affiliate Strategic Group Management states, “KPC understands that there has been a substantial amount of community opposition to the closing of Hahnemann Hospital, all of which is consistent with KPC’s view that Hahnemann Hospital can be a viable and thriving facility, which will provide much needed health care to the community and continued employment for the doctors, nurses and other employees of Hahnemann Hospital; and continue as a first rate teaching hospital.”

According to the filing, KPC wants to purchase all of the assets of Hahnemann and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children — should the residents program sale not be approved or consummated. KPC said its is prepared to offer $60 million for Hahnemann’s assets and would make an offer for St. Christopher’s within two-to-four weeks, unless the residents program sale is approved.

“KPC believes it is in the interest of all parties to be ready to pivot promptly to reopen and expand the sale process to include substantially all assets of Hahnemann Hospital,” the company stated in its filing.

Both Hahnemann and St. Christopher Hospital for Children’s are owned by American Academic Health System (AAHS) of California. AAHS acquired the medical centers from Tenet Healthcare Corp. for $170 million in early 2018. AAHS subsidiary Philadelphia Academic Health System, the parent organization for the two hospitals, and the two hospitals all filed for bankruptcy court protection at the end of June. The move came shortly after AAHS announced plans to close Hahnemann, because of mounting financial losses averaging nearly $5 million a month. AAHS also said at the time it wanted to find a new owner to operate St. Christopher’s.

KPC officials were not available to further comment on their interest in Hahnemann and St. Christopher’s.

Hahnemann, which had employed about 2,500 workers, shutdown late last month.

In mid-July four Philadelphia-based academic health care organizations — Einstein Healthcare Network, Jefferson Health, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Temple Health — created a consortium to collectively negotiate with AAHS for the potential purchase of the 188-bed St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and its assets. No other entities have publicly expressed an interest in buying St. Christopher’s.

Last month, another coalition of local health systems emerged as the winner in an auction for Hahnemann University’s Hospital’s residents program assets with a bid of $55 million. Reading-based Tower Health, prior to the auction, had entered into a deal to buy the assets for $7.5 million and permanently redistribute the residency slots among coalition members. The assets consist of the more than 550 resident residency slots for training doctors. Hospitals are reimbursed for the costs of training residents by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The health systems in the coalition have already hired hundreds of former Hahnemann employees and provided a temporary home for more than 250 displaced Hahnemann residents.

Other objections were filed by the state of Pennsylvania, which said the proposed sale and bidding procedures failed to appropriately take into account state laws and regulations regarding the licensing of hospitals in the state and the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s authority and obligation to oversee hospital licensing. MidCap Property Trust, an affiliate of MidCap Financial, also filed an objection. MidCap is owed $58.6 million for loans it provided to PAHC and its related entities. MidCap said it would object to any sale that does not involve payment of the sale’s proceeds to MidCap at the closing.

Another limited objection was filed by The Association of American Medical Colleges and the Philadelphia-based Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, which raised concerns about the proposed agreement’s absence of details on insurance coverage for continuing residents and details about the retention of residents’ program records that provide information related to their training and the patients they treated while at Hahnemann. Temple University Health System also filed a limited objection stating it is owed about $850,000 — a debt not covered in the proposed sales agreement — under the terms of an academic affiliation agreement it signed in 2007 with Tenet related to training activities at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

KCP Global Health Care Center in Hemet Welcomes New Physician Residents

KCP Global Health Care Center in Hemet Welcomes New Physician Residents

Thirty-five recently graduated medical and osteopathic doctors received their white coats in special ceremonies, June 28, at the KPC Health Center in Hemet officially recognizing them as physicians beginning their one to three year residencies in their chosen specialties.

The new doctors come from top rated medical schools in the United States and across the globe and will be assisting local doctors on their rounds at the recently renamed KPC Hemet Global Medical Center and KPC Menifee Hospitals. The residents will learn the fine points of their chosen specialities from working Physicians for Healthy Hospitals at the local medical centers.

The doctors were greeted and welcomed by Peter Baronoff, the CEO of KPC Health.

“It is really the beginning of what’s it all about being a physician,” he said to them. “We hope some of you will want to stay after your residency.”

Dr. Sumanta Chaudhuri Saini, director of medical education, introduced the faculty to the new residents who they will be working with. The faculty from the different specialities, attending the ceremony included DME program director Dr. Frederick White in radiology and Chaudhuri Saini who will head up internal medicine along with Dr. Veeravat Tae, the associate program director.

Chaudhuri Saini will also be in charge of the 18 residents in the 2019-2020 transitional year program who have chosen to stay another year to learn additional skills in their professions. Specialty residency programs such as the one at the KPC hospitals many continue from one to five years. Thus far nearly 99 doctors have completed their residency at the local hospitals in the last five years.with a number choosing to remain in the Hemet San Jacinto Valley in their own practices and specialties.

White presented white coats to first year internal medicine residents: Yuvraj Brar, MD; Mastaneh Nikravesh, MD; Ankit Dubey, MD; Natalia Jacobs, DO; Sabina Kumar, DO; Steven Noriega, MD; Jinesh Patel, MD; Naresh Purohit, MD; Jessica So, MD; Sergi Khodakivskyi, MD; Megan Locks, DO; Kevin Martin, DO; Mohammad Yousuf, MD, and Chukwuemeka “Emeka” Umeh, MBBS.

White also presented white coats to 2019-2020 second year radiology residents: April Garcia, DO; Kayra Rubio, DO, and John Thueson, DO.

Chudhuri Saini presented white coats to first year transitional residents: Christine Chang, DO; Neha Dhadwal, DO; Jaspreet Dhanjal, MD; Arka Dutta, MD; Medi Eslani, MD; Pete Flores, MD; Asmar Abdul Ghani, MD; Divya Gupta, MD; Jaxmyne Hefflefinger, DO; Ravi Janumpally, MD; Shadi Kazourra, MD, Poojitha Mummaneni, MD; Anphong Nguyen, MD; Muhammad Safwatullah, MD; Clinjto Schaefer, DO; Krystal Sood, MD, and Ashley Stratton, DO.

With their white coats, bearing their physician names, the residents raised their right hands to swear the osteopathic and Hippocratic oath led by Chaudhuri Saini.

Dr. So from Apple Valley, who received her medical training at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Granada, said she chose to take her residency at the KPC Global Medical Center in Hemet because the hospital itself offered what she said has an amazing faculty.

“I had kinda heard this from a friend before that it was a teaching population where you couldn’t get any better training anywhere else,” So said.

OCGMC Participates in AHA Research Study

OCGMC Participates in AHA Research Study

Santa Ana, CA— Orange County Global Medical Center is working with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as a partner in the first, large standardized research study to evaluate long-term outcomes of people who experience mild strokes.

“OCGMC is devoted to helping our patients with strokes have the best possible outcomes, and through this important study, we hope to learn more about optimal treatment that will heighten the quality of life for many who experience a mild or rapidly-improving stroke. As a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center we are ecstatic to see more growth in our patients’ success,” said Kim Dyer, the Director of OCGMC’s Stroke Department.

After a strict vetting process, OCGMC was selected to take part in the three-year observational study called MaRISS (Mild and Rapidly Improving Stroke Study). The goal of the study is to evaluate the long-term outcomes of people with mild or rapidly improving stroke symptoms, determine the factors associated with poor outcome, and to examine the effect of treatment with the clot-busting drug tPA, or tissue plasminogen activator, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acute ischemic stroke.

Mild and rapidly improving stroke symptoms are common, affecting more than a third of all stroke patients who report to the emergency department, but the majority is not treated with clot-busting therapy, according to a 2011 study published in the journal, Stroke. However, up to one-third of these patients are unable to return directly to their homes and need immediate physical or occupational therapy to regain their independence. The MaRISS study aims to determine the long-term outcomes of these patients.

“This is an important research study that addresses an important group of patients who have the best chance of recovery from a stroke,” said Jose Romano, M.D., MaRISS principal investigator and professor of clinical neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “The MaRISS study addresses a critical knowledge gap in stroke research and we commend OCGMC for being part of this vital study.”

Using data from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s quality improvement program, Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke, researchers will examine outcomes of up to 2,650 patients with mild or rapidly improving stroke. Each participating hospital is expected to recruit about 30 patients during the course of the study, an estimated two patients per month, and follow-up with these patients by telephone at 30 and 90 days after enrollment.

For over 110 years, Orange County Global Medical Center has delivered innovative and advanced medical care to the Orange County community. Today, the 282-licensed bed facility, provides comprehensive healthcare for the entire family through its Trauma Center, Burn Center, Maternal Child Health program and more. Orange County Global Medical Center is designated by the County of Orange as one of only two Level II Trauma Centers and provides emergency services for more than 20,000 patients per year and is now also one of only two hundred Comprehensive Stroke Centers across the nation. Orange County Global Medical Center is also a Healthgrades 2017 Excellence Award Recipient for Labor and Delivery, Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Sumanta Chaudhuri Named Chief Medical Officer

Sumanta Chaudhuri Named Chief Medical Officer

HEMET, Calif., Dec. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, KPC announced the appointment of Dr. Sumanta Chaudhuri as Chief Medical Officer for Hemet Valley Medical Center and Menifee Valley Medical Center. Hemet Valley Medical Center and Menifee Valley Medical Center are two of seven hospitals affiliated with KPC’s southern California-based health system.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Sumanta Chaudhuri most recently served as Program Director of the Transitional Year Internship for graduate medical residents at Hemet Valley Medical Center.

In addition, Dr. Chaudhuri served as the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Director of the Peri-Operative Clinic of the Eye Institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Was selected as the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Riverside Community Hospital, and served as Medical Director for local Independent Physician Associations and Hospitalist groups.

“Dr. Sumanta Chaudhuri brings with her a demonstrated track record of success, skill, passion, and expertise in healthcare through her clinical and academic credentials that are a tremendous benefit to the KPC health system and the communities we serve,” said Peter Baronoff, CEO of KPC Health.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as Chief Medical Officer for Hemet Valley Medical Center and Menifee Valley Medical Center and will continue to pursue my lifelong goal of supporting high quality and accessible healthcare for our patients and their families,” said Dr. Chaudhuri.