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FACEY TAKING OVER CLINICS HMO WILL BE AREA'S LARGEST.

Byline: Patricia Farrell Aidem Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA - Facey Medical Group is buying two Santa Clarita clinics that serve a total of 23,000 patients, making the San Fernando Valley-based HMO the community's largest medical provider.

Facey hopes to close the deal by April 1 to buy the Santa Clarita Medical Group Family Medical Centers in Canyon Country and Valencia, said Rick Swanson, Facey's chief operating officer.

The centers, known until recently as the Henry Mayo Newhall Family Medical Centers, are not affiliated with Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, which has sought bankruptcy protection to reorganize.

Facey is seeking a seamless transition as it runs neck and neck with Kaiser Permanente as the area's top medical providers, Swanson said.

``Our plan is to try not to disrupt the continuity of care as much as possible,'' he said. ``We want to maintain the same staff.''

Facey is buying the medical centers' equipment, taking over the two leases, hiring their physicians and staffers, and requesting that their health maintenance organizations transfer patients to existing Facey contracts, Swanson said.

Facey, with offices in Valencia, Canyon Country and Castaic and one under construction in Saugus, currently has 33,000 patients insured by health maintenance organizations, Swanson said. The Santa Clarita Valley is its fastest-growing market.

``When you look at the Santa Clarita Valley, you already have 45,000 new homes approved to build,'' Swanson said. ``We have all those people seeking medical care and we're just trying to keep up with the growth.''
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