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Lodi Health Announcement

Awards & Recognition

December 16, 2014 (Lodi, Calif.) — At a special meeting last night, the membership of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Association voted 189-14 to move forward with plans to affiliate with Adventist Health. If the affiliation is approved by the California Attorney General’s Office, the transaction may be completed as early as spring 2015.

The board of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Association brought the vote to its members after two years of considering Lodi Health’s options for the future. In August, the board unanimously approved a letter of intent to proceed with an affiliation with Adventist Health. Upon the AG’s approval, Adventist Health will operate Lodi Memorial Hospital and all other Lodi Health services for the benefit of the Lodi community.

“This vote by our members affirms our belief that Lodi Health, our patients, physicians and community will benefit from an affiliation with Adventist Health,” said Steve Crabtree, chair of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Association Board of Directors. “After a lengthy review of our services, operating costs, debts and the mandates required by the Affordable Care Act, we recognized the need to join with a larger organization.”

According to Adventist Health President and CEO Scott Reiner, Adventist Health intends to retain Lodi Health’s senior leadership and employees.  The existing medical staff will continue practicing at Lodi Health facilities. Adventist Health is also committed to maintaining all key clinical services – and enhancing them with improved preventive care and community education.

Adventist Health has committed to investing at least $100 million in Lodi Health. This includes implementing a state-of-the-art electronic medical record system and ensuring Lodi Memorial Hospital meets state seismic regulations so it can continue providing the best healthcare possible to those it serves.

“We share Lodi Health’s mission of patient care excellence and community service,” Reiner said. “Together, Adventist Health and the Lodi Health leadership will develop programs and services to improve the community’s health and increase collaboration with physicians to provide the best quality care.”

A not-for-profit healthcare organization headquartered in Roseville, Calif., Adventist Health operates 19 hospitals, more than 250 outpatient clinics and numerous home care and hospice agencies in California, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii. The organization has a long history of joining communities and staying there. It already has a substantial presence in Northern and Central California, with hospital and clinics located in St. Helena, Sonora, Napa, Clearlake, Paradise, Ukiah, Willits, Bakersfield, Hanford, Reedley and Selma.