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Avanti Health System Acquires Two Los Angeles Hospitals

Innovative Hospital Company Is Committed to Providing High Quality Services to the Community

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Avanti Health System, LLC ("Avanti") is pleased to announce that it has acquired HealthPlus Holdings, LLC, including Memorial Hospital of Gardena ("MHG") and East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital ("ELADH"), from HealthPlus+ Corporation. MHG and ELADH have been providing quality acute and sub-acute healthcare services to the diverse communities of Southern and Eastern Los Angeles for over 50 years.

Avanti is led by its Chief Executive Officer, Steve Dixon, who has over 20 years of industry experience managing numerous hospitals in California and Nevada for leading hospital management companies including Hospital Corporation of America ("HCA") and Catholic Healthcare West ("CHW"). He has served as CEO for several prominent hospitals in Southern California.

"The combination of Memorial Hospital of Gardena, East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital, and the resources of Avanti promises to be both exciting and productive for all parties," commented Steve Dixon, Avanti's CEO. "We are looking forward to building on the solid base these hospitals represent in providing medical care to the communities they serve."

MHG and ELADH are led by an outstanding and committed team of physicians, nurses, and administrative personnel. The majority of the hospital management team will remain in place. Mr. Dixon is presently serving as Interim CEO of MHG, while Araceli Lonergan will continue to serve as CEO of ELADH.

Operationally, Avanti has engaged leading healthcare management and staffing organizations as consultants to advise and assist in providing the highest quality services available, including Emergent Medical Associates ("EMA"), a premier Emergency Department management company. EMA currently manages 16 Emergency Departments in Southern California that see over half a million patients per year. EMA's patient satisfaction levels are among the best in the nation. Avanti has turned to EMA to guide its Emergency Department strategy and help improve the efficiency, patient satisfaction, and clinical care at its hospitals. The existing Emergency Department groups will remain in place.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to work with the team at Avanti and build on the tradition of excellence at both of their hospitals' emergency departments," said Dr. Irv Edwards, President of EMA. "Avanti's forward thinking and realization of the importance of the ER in providing quality care throughout the hospital will lead to patients being seen more quickly, enhanced customer service and, most importantly, an ER that never closes to the community or paramedics."

"We are pleased to be under new ownership with fresh ideas," said Araceli Lonergan, CEO of ELADH. "We are happy to begin a new chapter with a team that is firmly committed to providing the highest quality care possible while focusing on the future needs of our communities."

Avanti was represented in the transaction by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. HealthPlus+ Corporation was represented by Barrington Associates and Epps & Yong, LLP.

About Avanti Health System, LLC

Founded in 2008, Avanti Health System, LLC ("AHS") is an innovative hospital management company led by a team of professionals with proven track records that combine extensive experience in the areas of hospital operations, clinical care, finance, and real estate. This unique combination of skills has allowed AHS to align itself with several leading capital sources, providing Avanti with access to capital in a market where few buyers are in a position to make acquisitions. Accordingly, Avanti intends to capitalize on the current opportunities in the hospital marketplace and to continue to make acquisitions. The mission of AHS is to build a health care system that is regarded as an innovative leader in the areas of quality of care, customer service, employee satisfaction, financial success, and community contribution on a national scale.

About Memorial Hospital of Gardena

Memorial Hospital of Gardena ("MHG") has been serving the needs of the surrounding community for over 50 years. With 172 licensed hospital beds (103 acute beds and 69 sub-acute beds), MHG offers a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services designed to meet the needs of its patients including services such as: Nursing Care, Sub-Acute Care, Pediatrics, Industrial Medicine, and 24-hour Emergency Services.

About East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital

East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital ("ELADH") is rich in tradition and has a long-standing commitment to serve the healthcare needs of the East Los Angeles community. Licensed for 127 beds, ELADH provides a wide range of services, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Its inpatient services include Obstetrics, Pediatrics Medical/Surgical, Intensive and Coronary Care, and Sub-acute Care. Outpatient services include 24-hour Emergency Services, Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging, Cardiopulmonary Medicine, and Rehabilitation Services.

About Emergent Medical Associates

EMA, headquartered in Manhattan Beach, CA, is a premier provider of physician staffing & practice management services for 16 Emergency Departments with an annual census of over 500,000 visits throughout California. EMA's proven physicians, proprietary methods, management techniques and uncompromising standards allow EMA to create "Hospitals of Excellence" for its clients. Through its consulting division, e-MSO, EMA exports best practices and innovative management techniques to Hospitals and other Emergency Department groups, helping improve patient care and ensure contract security. EMA's proprietary techniques are patient-focused and targeted on improving the daily operations of Emergency Departments. For more information on EMA, visit

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