CEP America Announces Merger with Sutter Emergency Medical Associates

With Merger, CEP America Will Now Care for a Quarter of All Emergency Department Visits in California

EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CEP America announces a merger with Sutter Emergency Medical Associates (SEMA), a Northern California-based democratic emergency department (ED) physician group. Adding more than 200,000 patients to CEP America’s existing patient base, this merger means that more than a quarter of all patients who visit an emergency room in California will be treated by CEP America providers.

CEP America is a national democratic physician group specializing in hospital-based physician practices including emergency medicine, hospitalist, and ambulatory care clinics. Equitably owned by its 1,100 physician Partners, CEP America pioneered the Rapid Medical Evaluation™ (RME) system which has significantly reduced patient wait times by revolutionizing emergency department capacity management. Committed to the highest quality medical care, CEP America physicians practice in seven states across the country.

“SEMA has been a quality provider of emergency department services in Northern California for many years. We’re pleased to welcome SEMA providers to CEP America,” said Wes Curry, MD, FACEP, CEO for CEP America. “This merger of two leading emergency medicine physician groups enhances our ability to deliver quality, efficient, and cost effective emergency care.”

SEMA holds six emergency department staffing contracts in Northern California:

  • Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
  • Sutter Davis Hospital
  • Sutter Memorial Hospital, Sacramento
  • Sutter General Hospital, Sacramento
  • Memorial Medical Center, Modesto
  • Memorial Hospital of Los Banos

Founded in 1998, SEMA is an equity-based emergency medicine group. Each provider has an equal voice in SEMA’s decision-making so the merger with CEP America had to be approved by a majority vote.

“While it was a difficult decision to seek out a merger partner, CEP America is the leading democratic physician group and is most similar in philosophy and structure to our own. This made CEP America the only choice for SEMA,” said Kelly Nations, MD, president of SEMA. “CEP America’s staffing, recruiting and practice management resources will enhance our current emergency medicine practice.”

The merger will be finalized April 1, 2011, at which time SEMA’s 75 physicians will join the CEP America partnership. Physician assistant (PA) and nurse practitioner (NP) members of SEMA will join CEP America’s robust PA/NP Program, which employs more than 500 midlevel providers across the country.

About CEP America

Founded in 1975, CEP America is the national leader in developing and implementing emergency department programs that excel in quality, service, and operational excellence. A physician-owned democratic partnership, CEP America is a premier provider of physician staffing, management, and consulting services for over 70 Emergency Department and Ambulatory Care Practices in seven states across the nation. For more information, visit www.cepamerica.com.


CEP America
Allison T. Whitney, 510-350-2629
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