Business Journal: Vote Will Decide Fate Of Hospital


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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Independent community hospitals are rarities these days. Size matters. So Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, with 121 beds, affiliated with Catholic Healthcare West nearly a decade ago.

But that relationship went awry a brief period of financial losses by CHW.

A broad-based community association will be voting on a new pact. Supporters like the financial ties to a big healthcare system; opponents fret about the loss of community control.

A no vote would send key executives back to the drawing board, because the hospital’s margins have been dwindling and a competing surgery center is on the horizon.