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Adventist Health to Manage Madera Community Hospital


Madera Community Hospital (Madera) and Adventist Health are announcing the approval of a nonbinding Letter of Intent (LOI) for Madera to be managed by Adventist Health. As part of the proposed agreement, Madera has applied for assistance from California’s Distressed Hospital Loan Program managed by the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) and the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA).

“California hospitals face many financial challenges, and for independent rural hospitals, these challenges can sometimes be almost insurmountable,” says Kerry L. Heinrich, President and CEO of Adventist Health. “If Madera succeeds in getting the financial resources it needs, Adventist Health will provide Madera Community Hospital with the expertise of a large healthcare system, helping to secure a sustainable future for healthcare in Madera County.”

“I am thrilled to announce the potential management relationship with Adventist Health, a hospital that truly understands the needs of rural underserved areas,” says Karen Paolinelli, President Madera Community Hospital. “Their clinic expertise perfectly aligns with the work we have passionately pursued for the past 51 years. Together, we can significantly and positively impact the communities we serve.”

“Losing Madera Community Hospital was devastating for the more than 160,000 San Joaquin Valley residents who relied on the hospital for care. I am proud to help reestablish the hospital to continue providing quality, local access to healthcare in this community,” says Andrea Kofl, president of Central Valley Network.

About Adventist Health

Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit, integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii with over 400 sites of care. Founded on Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care, and hospice agencies in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 37,000 includes employees, physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness, and hope. We are committed to staying true to our heritage by providing patient-centered, quality care. Together, we are transforming the healthcare experience with an innovative and whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing to support community well-being.

About Madera Community Hospital

Madera Community Hospital was founded in 1971 and has served as Madera County’s only general hospital since then. On January 3, 2023, Madera Community Hospital was closed due to financial pressures. The hospital has 106 acute care beds, 16 emergency department beds, and 10 ICU beds. Madera Community Hospital also operated two rural healthcare clinics and a home health agency. Before Madera’s closing, Madera Community Hospital was a nonprofit 106-bed full-service general acute care hospital dedicated to serving a population of approximately 160,000. Our mission is dedicated to actively promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of residents in the Central Valley. We are committed to serving our community’s needs with compassion, concern, and care. Madera Hospital specializes in Rural Health Clinics serving Madera, Chowchilla, and Mendota with over 23 physician specialties. Our team of more than 700 workers is dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service.