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San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital board votes to enter exclusive negotiations with Loma Linda University Health and Adventist Health


LOMA LINDA, CA., June 2, 2015 – Adventist Health and Loma Linda University Health have officially entered into exclusive negotiations with San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital (SGMH). The SGMH board voted unanimously to begin negotiations during its meeting Thursday, May 28.

“Loma Linda University Health has been serving the Pass communities for many years,” said Kerry Heinrich, chief executive officer, Loma Linda University Medical Center. “We are thrilled at this new opportunity to expand our services to this community.” 

Under the proposed affiliation, Adventist Health and Loma Linda University Health will provide resources to SGMH to enhance medical and hospital services to the San Gorgonio Pass communities.

“After a lengthy and thorough evaluation of our options, the board made this decision to unify efforts,” said Dr. Jerilynn Kaibel, board chair, SGMH. “Combining our current strengths with the longstanding history of Loma Linda University Health and Adventist Health was the best option for the community we serve.”

This proposed affiliation will improve the quality of care and patient safety in the San Gorgonio Pass communities by expanding the range of services provided while retaining and recruiting talented personnel and staff. Additionally, this relationship will provide resources to complete the last phase of construction for the patient care building at SGMH, which will increase licensed bed count from 77 to 91.

Over the coming months, representatives from SGMH, Adventist Health and Loma Linda University Health will be working to finalize an affiliation agreement.

The hospital district will remain public, with a local public board managing district operations.

“San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital’s mission has always been ‘to provide safe, high quality, personalized health care services,’” Kaibel stated, “and this new affiliation will allow us to keep that focus, continuing our dedication to care for our community.”

“We want to promote wholeness and health for people in the Pass communities,” stated Loma Linda University Health president, Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, “and we intend to integrate our commitment ‘to make man whole’ with San Gorgonio’s mission and dedication to the community.” 

“Adventist Health is very pleased to have the opportunity to bring our successful experience in community hospitals to this partnership with Loma Linda University Health and San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital,” said Bob Beehler, vice president for market development/mergers and acquisitions, Adventist Health. “Together we will work tirelessly to provide high quality health care to the San Gorgonio Pass communities.”

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About Adventist Health

Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. The health system provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 275 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Visit for more information.

About Loma Linda University Health (LLUH)
Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University's eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals and 800 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, LLUH is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, LLUH is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."