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More Doctors in the Valley for Staff

Vivity HMO, an insurance product offered by Anthem Blue Cross and created with Cedars-Sinai and six top-rated health systems in Southern California, is now being offered to residents in the San Fernando Valley seeking specialty care. Until now, patients with the Vivity plan could only see Cedars-Sinai primary care providers in the region.

To offer this specialty care, 75 new private, attending physicians were contracted through Cedars-Sinai.

"We have assembled top-ranked, highly regarded physicians to join our Vivity expansion in the Valley," said Joe Gutierrez, executive director of Cedars-Sinai Health Associates, an independent physician association. "These newest physicians complement our existing primary care physicians, and together offer expanded access and care for specialty needs to patients in the comfort of their own community where they live and work."

Specialty areas now offered in the Valley include cardiology, ENT, OB-GYN, pulmonary, vascular, colorectal, general surgery, orthopaedics/sports medicine, rheumatology, dermatology, neurology and urology.

Services requiring hospitalization or surgery will now be offered at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center. Ancillary services such as urgent care and physical therapy will also be provided at various locations throughout the Valley.

"We have been building our primary care footprint in the Valley since 2014," said Julie Reback Spencer, vice president of Physician Recruitment and Network Development. "With a robust presence now fully established in this area, including a local Valley hospital partner, we can now offer cost-effective, specialty care that meets the growing needs of this community."

In addition to Cedars-Sinai, Vivity includes the hospitals and affiliated medical groups of Good Samaritan Hospital, Huntington Memorial Hospital, MemorialCare Health System, PIH Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center and UCLA Health.