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.