Prima, Marin IPA, hospital form physician foundation

Seen as key step for Marin General; may grow in Sonoma County

MARIN AND SONOMA  — Marin General Hospital, along with the Prima Medical Group and Marin IPA, announced the formation of a foundation that aims to attract top-notch physicians to the region as well as help the hospital maintain competitiveness now that it has transferred operations away from Sutter Health.

The Prima Medical Group already worked closely with Marin General, as well as Sonoma Valley Hospital, but the foundation will expand efforts in both counties for two independent health care districts. The Marin Healthcare District regained control of operations at Marin General just over two weeks ago.

“The creation of the foundation strengthens the relationship, and in effect takes the relationship to the next level,” said Jon Friedenberg, the district’s chief fund and business development officer. “It will allow us to be more successful in Marin. Clearly, the way that the medical landscape looks is that in other communities, you find physicians aligning with other providers, so it’s important that we have a critical mass of physicians that are of high quality.”

Prima Medical Group, founded in 2005, has practices in Terra Linda, Novato, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Larkspur, Greenbrae and Sonoma.

Such a non-profit foundation must have at least 40 physicians from at least 10 different specialty areas in order to obtain a tax-exempt status as a not-for-profit corporation, according to officials.

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