Board of Supervisors approves contract at July 1 meeting as UCR School of Medicine’s role expands
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UCR Health, the clinical arm of the UC Riverside School of Medicine, will begin providing comprehensive women's health services at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center under a new contract approved today (Tuesday, July 1) by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
The contract becomes effective July 15.
"Our partnership with UCR Health physicians is an important step in the development of a world-class medical system that will meet the needs of all Riverside County's communities," said Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone, chairman of the board. "Our county's healthcare system has always been good. Now, it's about to get a whole lot better."
The contract calls for UCR Health to staff women's health services with board-certified and board- eligible physicians to care for routine and high-risk obstetrics, including labor and delivery. The physicians, who will all be faculty of the UCR School of Medicine, will also provide an array of gynecological specialty services such as gynecological oncology, urogynecology, and endocrinology.
"UCR Health is pleased to be providing these services to patients in the outpatient clinics and inpatient setting at RCRMC," said John Heydt, M.D., senior associate dean for clinical affairs in the UCR School of Medicine. "This is one more example of the UCR medical school's commitment to partner with Riverside County in meeting the healthcare needs of its residents."
UCR Health expects to staff the women's health service initially with eight physicians who will be medical school faculty, according to Heydt. Karen L. Noblett, M.D., will join the UCR School of Medicine faculty and become Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at RCRMC in early September. Noblett is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology specializing in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. Noblett is currently the interim chief medical officer at the UC Irvine Medical Center.