Regarding the article "Loma Linda buying stake in PPM firm" (April 7, p. 3), I'd like to address certain statements.
I founded PrimeCare in 1985 with the formation of its first medical group in the High Desert area of California and currently serve as board chairman. PrimeCare is well known for its quality of care and high ethical and moral standards. I am unaware of any other physician practice management company with such accomplished quality benchmarks. For example, 84-bed Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, Calif., which we built from the ground up, received JCAHO accreditation with commendation in its first year of operation.
I take issue with the conclusion that PrimeCare grew by aggressive acquisitions. Nothing could be further from the truth given the fact that PrimeCare has not acquired any medical group or independent practice association for the past two years that has added any value to its bottom line. The mission of the company is not of financial consolidation in the PPM industry but of integrating community-based primary-care physicians into flexible, physician-friendly IPA models to better deal with the changing healthcare environment, particularly in the Southern California market.
Also, the statements about the percentage of ownership Loma Linda University Medical Center has acquired and the reasons stated for delaying PrimeCare's initial public offering last year are erroneous and contrary to the comments by our chief executive officer.
Prem N. Reddy, M.D.
Chairman of the board
PrimeCare, Ontario, Calif.