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Adventist Health and St. Joseph Health to form regional joint operating company

Adventist Health and St. Joseph Health plan to integrate their Northern California clinical operations through a new joint operating company, the organizations announced Monday.

The partnership would align the two not-for-profits’ facilities in Humbolt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, Napa and Solano counties. The affiliation applies to assets and services associated with Adventist Health Howard Memorial, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Adventist Health Clear Lake, Adventist Health St. Helena and Adventist Health Vallejo Center for Behavioral Health and Home Health, St. Joseph Hospital Eureka, Redwood Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Queen of the Valley Hospital and the St. Joseph Home Care Network.

“Patients will benefit from more access points, better health outcomes and controlled costs by coordinating their care across the spectrum of their health needs,” Jeff Eller, Adventist president of the Northern California region, said in a statement.

Providence St. Joseph Health, St. Joseph’s parent company, recently announced a new strategic direction that includes exploring strategic partnerships along the care continuum that could benefit its population health efforts.

Adventist includes a network of home care agencies, hospices and retirement centers, which will add to Providence St. Joseph’s integrated Northern California network of four acute-care hospitals, a home health agency, hospice care, outpatient services and community clinics.

The agreement excludes the other 15 Adventist Health hospitals in the western United States and the other 50 Providence St. Joseph Health hospitals located throughout the western United States and Texas, according to a news release.

Adventist and St. Joseph would retain existing hospital names, licenses, capital assets and employees. The deal is expected to close later this year after the customary regulatory review.

Article source: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180423/NEWS/180429965

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