Calif. public hos­pi­tal in talks with two sys­tems

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Adam Ruben­fire

San Gor­gonio Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Ban­ning, Calif., has en­tered ex­clu­sive af­fil­i­a­tion dis­cus­sions with Loma Linda (Calif.) Uni­ver­sity Health and Ad­ven­tist Health.

The 71-bed public hos­pi­tal noted in a re­cent blog post that its board had voted unan­i­mously at the end of May to en­ter into dis­cus­sions with the two sys­tems, which both have ties to the Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church. Loma Linda op­er­ates three hos­pi­tals and Ro­seville, Calif.-based Ad­ven­tist Health has 18 fa­cil­i­ties.

The deal would al­low the hos­pi­tal to ex­pand its ser­vices and com­plete the last phase of con­struc­tion for a pa­tient-care build­ing, which will raise the fa­cil­ity’s bed count to 91, ac­cord­ing to an Ad­ven­tist Health news re­lease. San Gor­gonio would re­main un­der the gov­er­nance of a lo­cal public board.

An Ad­ven­tist Health spokes­woman said it’s too early to say whether the deal would in­clude a for­mal merger or any cross­ing of fi­nan­cials.

San Gor­gonio and Loma Linda con­sid­ered af­fil­i­at­ing in Novem­ber 2013, but the hos­pi­tal’s legal coun­sel pro­posed a broader search, ac­cord­ing to the Press-En­ter­prise, a lo­cal news­pa­per.

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