SALINAS, CA, May 3, 2018 –Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is exploring opportunities to
partner with Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. The Healthcare System continually
works to better serve the health and wellness needs of families living
in the region and regularly considers strategic growth opportunities.
SVMHS is in the beginning stages of evaluating a potential collaboration
with Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.
"This is a time of collaboration and partnerships in health care and
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is exploring all opportunities
to better serve the health and wellness needs of families living in our
region,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial
Healthcare System. “We are in the early phase of discussing how
we might be able to collaborate with Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital and
look forward to those conversations in the weeks and months to come.”
Over the next few months SVMHS leadership and publically elected Board
of Directors will review strategies, processes, and potential new services
that have the potential to benefit healthcare for people in the Central
Coast region, and will determine if there is a path forward for the two
organizations to collaborate or affiliate. SVMHS is in the process now
of finalizing an agreement that provides a 90-day window of investigation.
“Talks like these are not uncommon,” says Delgado. “We
partnered with Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, now known
as Montage Health to offer residents in Monterey County the only Medicare
Advantage Plan. We are also proactively partnering with local hospitals,
Monterey County, the YMCA and UCSF to tackle the diabetes epidemic in
our communities. In the same spirit of collaboration, we are looking at
opportunities where Salinas Valley Memorial and Hazel Hawkins can better
serve the health care needs of our communities."
Last month, Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital launched a series of public
town hall meetings to discuss the current state of the District Hospital
and options the Hospital is exploring. The next Town Hall meeting is taking
place tonight, May 3, at 7pm. The public forum is taking place in the
Great Room at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, 2nd Floor, Support Services Building located at 911 Sunset Drive in Hollister.
Anyone wanting more information can call 831-636-2644. The meeting is
an informational event held by Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Representatives
from Salinas Valley Memorial will not be in attendance.