Ashland Community Hospital to Partner with Asante
Ashland Community Hospital announced the selection of Medford-based Asante as the hospital’s new proposed affiliation partner. The hospital Board of Directors reached a decision Thursday morning and made the announcement at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
In making the announcement, Doug Gentry, ACH Board Chair, stated, “We were fortunate to have proposals from two excellent organizations and were impressed by what each could offer. Asante has significant strength in the local market and a commitment to clinical excellence. The Board appreciates their commitment to maintain Ashland Community Hospital as a viable hospital with the support of their strong financial position.”
A proposal was also submitted by Providence Health & Services in Oregon, the faith-based not-for-profit network that operates Providence Medford Medical Center.
“The residents of Southern Oregon are fortunate to have two such strong healthcare organizations. Both Medford hospitals provided beneficial but very different plans for partnering with us to serve the Ashland area. Asante offered a structured merger that is a better fit and will resolve our debt issues faster,” said Gentry.
Asante is a locally-owned and governed not-for-profit healthcare organization that currently operates Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford and Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, Asante Physician Partners, and other facilities and healthcare partnerships serving more than 580,000 residents of southern Oregon and northern California.
“Asante is very pleased about developing a partnership with Ashland Community Hospital and we are optimistic that we will reach an agreement that fits the health needs of the community,” said Roy Vinyard, president and CEO of Asante. “Our relationship with Ashland Community Hospital over the years has been very positive. As we begin the due diligence in the coming weeks, our focus will be on working together to create a new, economically viable vision for healthcare in Ashland.”
The Ashland Community Hospital board has continued to make the Ashland City Council and city officials a part of this selection process since its early stages.
“We will be consulting with city leaders as we progress through negotiations with Asante and ultimately come back for approval on legal documents,” Gentry said on behalf of the hospital. The hospital property is held in a long-term lease from the City of Ashland.
The affiliation proposals from the two Medford hospitals were the finalists that emerged from a widely-cast search for a strategic partner the hospital undertook in 2011.