14 January 2019 | A 156-bed hospital in Central California has agreed to join Adventist Health. Pending regulatory approval, Delano Regional Medical Center, currently operated by Central California Foundation for Health, would join the Adventist health care system headquartered in Roseville, California.

Quoting Adventist Health regional communication director, Christine Pickering, Bakersfield.com reported that Delano Regional would be joining Adventist Health without being purchased.

The medical center’s president, Bahram Ghaffari, said in a news release last week that the transition comes as a result of Adventist Health’s “commitment to agricultural communities and its approach to providing care best aligned with Delano’s mission and direction.” Ghaffari also said that the move would allow Delano Regional to provide more coordinated care.

In the same news release, Scott Reiner, CEO for Adventist Health, said he did not envision major changes in the employee or management makeup of the facility “simply because DRMC already operates lean and very efficiently.”

“We are pleased and humbled to be selected by Delano Regional Medical Center,” he stated. “We look forward to building on the medical center’s rich heritage in the community and living God’s love as we expand access to quality care in Delano and the surrounding communities together.”

Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit network of hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities, serving more than 80 communities across the western United States and Hawaii. The healthcare system is affiliated with the Adventist Church.

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