23 April 2018 | Modern Healthcare reported today that Adventist Health and St. Joseph Health will form a joint operating company to integrate their clinical operations in Northern California.

St. Joseph Health is owned by the Catholic-run Providence St. Joseph healthcare system.

The deal affects facilities in Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, Napa, and Solano counties. On the Adventist Health side the entities involved are Adventist Health Howard Memorial, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Adventist Health Clear Lake, Adventist Health St. Helena, and Adventist Health Vallejo Center for Behavioral Health and Home Health. On the Catholic side, St. Joseph Hospital Eureka, Redwood Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Queen of the Valley Hospital, and the St. Joseph Home Care Network form part of the partnership.

Jeff Eller, president of Adventist Health’s Northern California region, said in a statement that, “Patients will benefit from more access points, better health outcomes and controlled costs by coordinating their care across the spectrum of their health needs.”

Modern Healthcare reported that Providence St. Joseph health has announced a new strategic direction for the system that includes an emphasis on strategic partnerships.

Adventist Health’s network of home care agencies, hospices and retirement centers are of particular interest to the Catholic healthcare network which already owns four acute-care hospitals, a home health agency, hospice care, outpatient services and community clinics in Northern California.

According to a news release, the Northern California deal does not involve the 15 other Adventist Health hospitals spread across the western United States and also excludes 50 other Providence St. Joseph Health hospitals in the Western Unites States and Texas.

Modern Healthcare reported that existing hospital names, licenses, capital assets and employees on both sides of the deal would remain the same after its projected completion later this year.

Adventist Health runs 20 hospitals and over 280 clinics on the West Coast and in Hawaii. It also operates home care and hospice agencies. According to the Sacramento Business Journal, it is the third-largest private company in the Sacramento region with $3.95 billion in 2016 revenue. The system is affiliated with the Adventist Church.

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