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SVMHS to Host Town Hall Meetings About Potential Affiliation

HCA & Natividad to make presentations

Where: Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, 450 East Romie Lane, Salinas, Cislini Plaza Conference Room, with overflow seating in the cafeteria

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 6:30pm; Thursday, June 7, 2012, 6:30pm

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) has scheduled two more town hall meetings concerning its potential affiliation with another healthcare system. SVMHS is currently examining options for its future, which include a possible merger with Natividad Medical Center, acquisition by HCA, or the possibility of remaining stand-alone. The Board of Directors is currently conducting due diligence—sharing information with the organizations—in order to make a fully informed decision.

At the town hall meeting scheduled for May 16th, representatives from both Natividad Medical Center and HCA will make presentations concerning their vision for a futureaffiliated with SVMHS. These two town hall meetings will be the 4th and 5th community meetings concerning potential affiliation. In addition, it has been a topic at public board meetings since August 2011, and SVMHS has a web section devoted to this subject at

The due diligence phase of this process is expected to take another six weeks, with second round letters of intent expected by June 15th. If the Board decides to pursue affiliation, another period of research and public input would occur before a Board decision, tentatively scheduled for late July, more than a year after first considering the possibility of affiliation. If the Board at that point votes for affiliation, then it would go to the voters in the Healthcare District to make the final decision.

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