May 2018 file photo of Tulare Regional Medical Center
Written by Donald A. Promnitz
After eight months of closure and bankruptcy, the Tulare Regional Medical Center community sees a potential light at the end of the tunnel with the agreement to work with Adventist Health.
“The entire community and especially our employees have been victims of a disaster—a manmade disaster,” said Kevin Northcraft, president of the Tulare Local Healthcare District Board of Directors.
On Wednesday night, the board voted 4-1 in favor of the deal to go forward with the deal with Adventist. The Roseville-based health care group has offered the hospital a $10-million line of credit to help with its financial troubles as well.
“We are grateful to the Tulare board, Citizens for Hospital Accountability and community for their tenacity in getting to this next step in reopening the hospital,” said Andrea Kofl, president of Adventist Health Central Valley Network. “We’re blessed to serve with the Tulare team and eager to see what we accomplish together.”
Community Medical Centers also presented its plans for the hospital. The TLHCD Board had been in negotiations with Community, but ultimately these discussions fell through.
“Adventist was much more accommodating,” Northcraft said. “We love Community…but it was clear that their priorities and ours were just not as good a fit as Adventist was.”
Northcraft elaborated that Community’s expansion projects in Fresno and Clovis made it difficult for them to provide what TRMC needed.
Under California law, a long-term lease can not be entered without the consent of the public. Northcraft said they hope to have a management services agreement within 30 days in order to get the issue on the November ballots.