California Health Providers Plan To Merge

A pair of California service providers is merging to form a single organization that will assist 40,000 people annually and operate with a $115 million budget.

HealthRIGHT 360, one of the state’s largest community healthcare providers, and Prototypes, a Los Angeles-based organization providing outpatient addiction and mental health services, agreed to merge following board of directors meetings in San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to a release. The merged organization will operate under the HealthRIGHT 360 name. A completion date for the merger has been set for June 30.

The move is being touted as a means for HealthRIGHT 360 to carry out its goal of delivering comprehensive healthcare to vulnerable populations in California. Prototypes will operate as a program within HealthRIGHT 360 and continue providing services to low-income, homeless and other safety-net populations in its eight existing locations. The organization’s leadership and 250 staff members will be retained.

“From primary care to behavioral health care, social support and re-entry services, communities served by HealthRIGHT 360 benefit from a growing health care network where clients can be easily referred and treated through seamless integration,” said Dr. Vitka Eisen, CEO of HealthRIGHT 360, in the release. “With Prototypes joining the HealthRIGHT 360 network, communities throughout Southern California will have access to more comprehensive and effective care.”

HealthRIGHT 360 announced last month the closure of $51 million in New Market Tax Credit aid to help finance a 50,000-square foot medical center on Mission Street in San Francisco. The facility, scheduled to open next year, is likewise targeted toward providing low-income and homeless individuals with a variety of care and reentry services ranging from dentistry to computer literacy.