“Adventist Health and St. Joseph Health, which operate such North Bay facilities as St. Helena hospital, Queen of the Valley and Santa Rosa Memorial, plan to merge clinical activities and services in Northern California. The joint operating company will involve clinics and facilities in Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, Napa and Solano counties.
“Under the deal…, North Coast facilities, services and clinics associated with Adventist Health — Howard Memorial in Willits, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Adventist Health Clear Lake, Adventist Health St. Helena and Adventist Health Vallejo Center for Behavioral Health — would come under the operating agreement with the Home Health services and facilities, services and clinics associated with St. Joseph Hospital Eureka, Redwood Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Napa’s Queen of the Valley Hospital and the St. Joseph Home Care Network.
The… arrangement does not include the other 15 Adventist Health hospitals in the western United States or the other 46 Providence St. Joseph Health hospitals located throughout the western United States and Texas.
Under this affiliation, which is subject to regulatory review, Adventist Health and St. Joseph Health will retain existing hospital names, licenses, capital assets and employees. The proposed transaction is set to close sometime later this year.
“By coming together under a new organization, we will work together to ensure a healthier future for the communities we serve by providing patients access to a full continuum of high-quality services close to home,” said Kevin Klockenga, St. Joseph Health Northern California region president and CEO.
Providence St. Joseph Health is a Catholic health system, which in total, serves seven states, with 111,000 employees. Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system that serves more than 75 communities on the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii, with more than 24,600 employees.
Now that the Adventist Health System is no longer following the plan outlines in its inspired guidance, it is no wonder that it is seeking partners loyal to the Catholic Church. This merger is part of a larger trend to get closer and closer to Rome.
“O daughter of my people, gird thee with sackcloth, and wallow thyself in ashes: make thee mourning, as for an only son, most bitter lamentation: for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon us.” Jeremiah 6:26.