Dignity Health appears to be making good with its plans to expand since changing its name from Catholic Healthcare West, as officials announced that the organization is in exclusive partnership negotiations with Ashland (Ore.) Community Hospital, according to a news release. This is Dignity's first move toward expansion since its name change in January.
Dignity Health in partnership talks with Ore. hospital
Ashland Community is a 36-bed secular hospital, and the affiliation would give Dignity its first hospital in Oregon. Dignity earlier this year changed its name and severed formal ties with the Roman Catholic Church in an effort to increase expansion opportunities beyond its three-state footprint of Arizona, California and Nevada. After January's announcement, San Francisco-based Dignity counted 38 hospitals, with 23 Catholic and 15 non-Catholic.
Ashland picked Dignity from four suitors, hospital CEO Mark Marchetti said in a news release. The parties expect to finalize a deal within 90 days.
“Dignity Health can provide the needed support of a large healthcare system while maintaining Ashland Community Hospital's identity and maximizing local control,” Marchetti also said in the release. “This partnership will also maintain and enhance our ability to continue to work collaboratively with both local healthcare systems in the Rogue Valley.”
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