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WHAT IT DOES: Pro­vides emer­gent and episodic care-man­age­ment ser­vices to physi­cian groups and hos­pi­tals in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. HOW IT GREW:

Founded by physi­cians in 1991, Emer­gent Med­i­cal As­so­ci­ates has ex­panded from its first lo­ca­tion at Mis­sion Community Hospi­tal in Panorama City, Calif., to en­com­pass 22 hos­pi­tals and serve 600,000 pa­tients from San Diego to Cal­i­for­nia’s Cen­tral Val­ley.

That growth dur­ing the past two decades has come al­most com­pletely or­gan­i­cally, says CEO James Ed­wards, who says Emer­gent “has done very lit­tle in terms of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. Our growth has just been be­cause of our suc­cess and our rep­u­ta­tion.”

That rep­u­ta­tion drove Emer­gent to ex­pand its prac­tice as an emer­gency physi­cian group to in­clude hos­pi­tal­ist ser­vices with the 2009 launch of Bench­mark Hospi­tal­ists. “We started our hospi­tal­ists or­ga­ni­za­tion be­cause our hos­pi­tals had en­joyed our part­ner­ship so much they asked us to be­gin manag­ing their hos­pi­tal­ist pro­grams,” Ed­wards says.

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