Why did the board choose Adventist Health for this partnership?
Adventist Health’s proposal was the only one that offered to re-open the hospital quickly and without requiring a bond. The organization also has a proven track record of turning around struggling hospitals. Examples include hospitals in Reedley, Selma, Marysville and Tehachapi. It also has the support of a large healthcare system, with 20 hospitals in the Western U.S. and is ranked among the largest 5 nonprofit healthcare systems in California.
Why was Adventist Health interested in Tulare?
Adventist Health’s mission to live God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope leads the organization to look for ways to expand access to care. With hospitals in Hanford, Selma, Reedley and Bakersfield and dozens of medical offices across the Valley, the Tulare hospital provides an opportunity to build synergy among the services and expand access to care.
What services are offered at the hospital now?
The hospital reopened with nine services – emergency, medical surgical nursing, intensive care, emergency surgery, anesthesia, pharmacy, nutritional services, medical imaging, respiratory therapy and lab. Additional services, such as obstetrics (childbirth), pediatrics, elective surgery and outpatient imaging, will be re-opened after the lease begins in the first quarter of 2019.
Which doctors will make decisions at the hospital? Will my personal physician have privileges? Will other ‘problem’ doctors be back to work at the hospital?
The Tulare Medical Executive Committee (MEC) that was reinstated by the Tulare County Superior Court this summer retains the authority to approve or deny medical staff membership and privileges at the Tulare hospital. The court’s action reinstated the Tulare medical staff membership, bylaws and leadership back to the date when it was dismissed in January 2016. Tulare physician leadership was critical in reopening the hospital and remains vital to its continued operation.
What types of cases does the Tulare hospital care for? Is it true that serious trauma and heart cases will bypass our local hospital and go to Kaweah?
Because the Tulare hospital provides medical/surgical inpatient nursing, ICU and emergency surgery services as well as supporting imaging, lab, pharmacy and nutritional services, emergency patients are being admitted to the Tulare hospital. With medical staff approval, an experienced emergency group, Vituity, is serving the emergency department and will stabilize and transfer patients who need a higher level of care.