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Local hospital systems join efforts to recruit physicians from outside the area

Under the banner of keeping more patients local instead of forcing them to travel long distances for medical care, Kern Medical and Adventist Health announced Tuesday they will soon combine efforts to recruit specialized physicians who would then serve both health systems.

The partnership, less formal than a merger or a joint venture, will focus initially on attracting gastroenterologists, urologists and neurosurgeons by playing up each organization's respective strengths — trauma care, teaching opportunities and a safety-net mission in the case of Kern Medical. Adventist Health, meanwhile is seen as offering prospective job candidates geographical breadth, managed-care contracts and high patient volume offering ample experience for young doctors.