A group of California for-profit and not-for-profit medical centers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and in the San Fernando Valley have formed an alliance to better serve HMO patients.
The new organization, called Coastal Health Alliance, has two Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. facilities: 236-bed West Hills (Calif.) Regional Medical Center and 204-bed Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks.
The alliance also includes two Catholic Healthcare West facilities: 233-bed St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard and 147-bed St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo.
Santa Barbara (Calif.) Cottage Hospital/Cottage Care Center, with 465 beds, the central coast's largest not-for-profit community facility, is also in the alliance.
The alliance will allow each facility to retain its autonomy, said a spokeswoman for St. John's in Oxnard.
Member hospitals are still involved in discussions about what the exact linkages will be in the alliance, she added.