SOURCE: Emergent Medical Associates

March 26, 2008 10:08 ET

EMA Announces Dr. Cesar A. Aristeiguieta Joins Physician Leadership Team as Director for EMS and Disaster Preparedness and Associate Director of the Emergency Department at Centinela Hospital Medical Center

Dr. Aristeiguieta's Unique Background and Expertise Expands EMA's Commitment to the Communities It Serves

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - Emergent Medical Associates ("EMA" or the "Group") is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Cesar A. Aristeiguieta to its physician leadership team. Dr. Aristeiguieta, a residency trained Board Certified Emergency Physician, most recently served as the California State EMS Director. Dr. Aristeiguieta will act as the group-wide EMA Director for EMS and Disaster Preparedness, as well as the Associate Director of the Emergency Department at Centinela Hospital Medical Center ("CHMC") in Inglewood, California.

"We are excited that Dr. Aristeiguieta has chosen to join the leadership team at EMA," said Dr. Irv Edwards, President of EMA. "He brings a unique and valuable set of emergency medicine and leadership skills to our Group. Dr. Aristeiguieta will be able to apply his unique qualifications and expertise across EMA while helping to manage CHMC which happens to be the largest paramedic receiving center in LA County."

Dr. Mark Bell, Principal of EMA added, "We understand the critical importance of the paramedic and pre-hospital care teams serving our communities and Cesar will help take our already progressive EMS program and establish it as the premier program in the California."

Dr. Aristeiguieta comes to EMA with extensive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. He serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He also most recently served as the Director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, where he was responsible for state-wide EMS and disaster preparedness efforts. Dr. Aristeiguieta also previously served as the Medical Director of the Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute, and as the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, California.

"Building upon my public service, I couldn't imagine a better group to join than EMA," stated Dr. Aristeiguieta. "Their commitment to the highest quality patient care, dedication to the community and focus on innovation is unparalleled."

Dr Aristeiguieta is a passionate community advocate. This year, he was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame of the California State University, Bakersfield, for his lifelong commitment to public and community service. He was also awarded the California Department of Transportation 2003 Excellence in Transportation Award for his leadership in the creation of the Angeles Crest Highway Traffic Safety Corridor Project. Dr. Aristeiguieta serves on the national Board of Governors of the American Red Cross and the Board of Advisors of Goodwill Industries of Southern California.

President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Aristeiguieta to the White House Fellowship in 2002. As a senior member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Aristeiguieta served his fellowship year as a direct advisor to Secretary Tommy Thompson on a wide variety of health, safety, and welfare matters. Secretary Thompson subsequently appointed Dr. Aristeiguieta to his Technical Advisory Group on the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Dr. Aristeiguieta to the Medical Board of California on August 19, 2004. The California State Senate subsequently confirmed his nomination on August 18, 2005. Dr. Aristeiguieta serves as the Vice-President of the Board, and he is a member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Medical Errors Taskforce, and a member of the Diversion Committee.

Dr. Aristeiguieta has a seventeen-year-old daughter, Adriana, who shares his enthusiasm for films, photography, sports, community service, and the outdoors.

About Emergent Medical Associates

EMA, headquartered in Manhattan Beach, CA, is a premier provider of physician staffing and practice management services for 14 Emergency Departments with an annual census of over 375,000 visits throughout California. 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.

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