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Adventist Health and Enloe Medical Center Enter into a Twelve‐Month Agreement to Plan Health Services in Butte County

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May 13, 2019 (Chico, CA) ‐ Adventist Health and Enloe Medical Center announced today they have entered into a twelve‐month agreement to participate in joint planning sessions that focus on critical issues such as access to health care and community prevention and wellness initiatives throughout Butte County and the surrounding area.

This agreement comes just six months following the devastation caused by the Camp Fire. Adventist Health’s Feather River Hospital sustained major damage from the catastrophic event forcing the hospital to close on November 8, 2018, leaving Enloe Medical Center, Oroville Hospital and Orchard Hospital as the only acute care facilities to serve all of Butte County. Even as residents of Butte county are able to access acute care and clinic services, there are still questions about what services will be needed in the longer term, given the damage to infrastructure and the limited population of the areas directly affected by the fire.

“We have been attempting to get clarity on our options of how best to expand access to services, but it is a very complex and dynamic situation. The extensive damage to our buildings on the campus of Adventist Health Feather River, combined with limitations to infrastructure required to rebuild and operate a hospital are still in question. We’ve learned that it doesn’t require one single solution, but rather many. This is why we are exploring a number of opportunities,” commented Jeff Eller, President, Adventist Health Northern California Region. “Collaborating with Enloe Medical Center in the planning process will help us to make better decisions that will ultimately accelerate the timeline and prioritize resources needed to enhance and sustain the services needed most.”

“We are grateful for the sacrifice made by so many people to ensure the continuation of health care services in our area despite the significant damage done by the Camp Fire. We appreciate the opportunity to work together with Adventist Health to chart a course that provides the maximum benefit for the communities we serve.” said Mike Wiltermood, President & CEO, Enloe Medical Center.

As part of the agreement, Adventist Health and Enloe Medical Center will select a third‐party facilitator to provide independent, objective insight and tools that support decision making and enable the development and execution of sustainable strategies and goals.

To learn more about Adventist Health’s commitment to Butte County, go to AdventistHealthFeatherRiver.org. To learn more about Enloe Medical Center and its mission and services, go to Enloe.org.

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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 32,900 includes more than 23,600 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,350 volunteers. Founded on Seventh‐day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 22 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. Visit AdventistHealth.org for more information.

Enloe Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit, regional level II trauma center which has served California’s North Valley since 1913. In addition to acute medical and surgical services, comprehensive cancer care, inpatient rehabilitation and behavioral health, Enloe provides a broad array of outpatient clinical services, including urgent care centers, physician specialty clinics, home health, hospice, and medical equipment, and emergency air and ground ambulance services. For more information, please call (530) 332‐7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.