Rancho Family Medical Group, or RFMG, will be able to tap into services from UC San Diego Health through a new affiliation between the two organizations.

RFMG, which in recent years has expanded to reach eight clinics and more than 30 primary care providers, won’t stop working with local specialists. But RFMG patients, in some circumstances, will have access to services: highly specialized and advanced diagnostic imaging, surgical, oncologic, neurologic, and cardiac, along with clinical trial interventions generally found only in academic health centers.

The partnership looks to create a larger, clinically-integrated health network in Riverside, and a joint plan calls for the organizations to recruit physicians, develop customized programs based on population needs and combine technologies.

In addition, providers with RFMG will hold faculty positions with UC San Diego Health, as well as take part in training UC San Diego School of Medicine residents.