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Tehachapi Valley Health Care District passes vote; Adventist Health to operate new hospital

Community Partnerships, News

The ballot measure to bring the Tehachapi Valley Health Care District under the operation of Adventist Health passed in a community vote by almost 90 percent (89.02) on Tuesday, allowing Adventist Health to assume management of the hospital under a long-term lease beginning July 1, 2016.

“I am pleased that the district put its trust in Adventist Health,” said Doug Duffield, president and CEO at San Joaquin Community Hospital, which will play a significant role in integrating the new hospital into Adventist Health. “I look forward to collaborating with the district and local leaders to enhance the health status of the communities in Tehachapi.”

In addition to the operation and management of the current hospital, Adventist Health will provide funding to complete construction of the new hospital and supply ongoing resources to create sustainable and high-quality services, according to Bob Beehler, vice president for Market Development/Mergers and Acquisitions.

“Thanks to the voters’ confidence in the district and its collaboration with Adventist Health, no additional funds will be required from tax payers,” explained Beehler. “We are excited for the opportunity to work together on a new hospital and the health services the region needs.”

The new 25-bed critical access hospital will serve the Tehachapi Valley and Southeast Kern County. The key service areas include emergency services, inpatient, swing bed, laboratory, imaging, inpatient pharmacy and dietary services. Adventist Health also will operate and manage three rural health clinics located in Tehachapi, Mojave and California City.

“This is a great opportunity for Adventist Health to share our distinctive mission of whole person health into new communities,” said Scott Reiner, president and CEO of Adventist Health.

Completion of construction is expected by Dec. 2016, and the new hospital plans to open its doors to patients in Feb. 2017.

 

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Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 32,700 includes more than 23,400 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,300 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. In addition, the Adventist Health Plan serves patients in Kings County. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becker's list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015. Visit AdventistHealth.org for more information.