Tulare Regional Medical Center may come under the management of Adventist Health. The Tulare Local Healthcare District Board of Directors is expected to hear their proposal this evening. Photo by David Castellon.
Written by John Lindt - contributor
The Tulare Local Healthcare District Board of Directors is expected to vote on Thursday on proposals by area hospitals to open and operate the shuttered Tulare hospital.
Sources say only Adventist Health has offered financing as part of their response. The Tulare District board has asked the potential partner hospital to open the 112-bed medical center by late October, before their state permit expires.
The hospital closed its doors last November.
Adventist Health has locations in Selma, Reedley and Hanford.
To sweeten the deal, Tulare would follow up by offering Adventist a long-term lease of the complex once negotiations were complete. Local voters would have their say before any final deal. The three other hospitals – Kaweah Delta, Community Regional Medical Center and Dignity Health-Bakersfield decide not to invest the requested $22 million. No word yet how much Adventist might offer.
A special Board meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 in the City Hall chambers in the Tulare to hear Adventist Health’s proposal. Community Medical Centers has also been invited.