The closing of Madera Community Hospital creates a new health care desert in a community that already has fewer doctors per capita than the rest of the state. UCSF and Adventist Church plan to reopen.
A bankrupt San Joaquin Valley hospital whose closing led the state to create a bailout fund for struggling health care providers may reopen under the banner of two of California’s largest medical groups.
UCSF Health and Adventist Health announced today that they plan to join forces to submit a plan to revive Madera Community Hospital, which closed more than a year ago.
UCSF and Seventh-day Adventist officials did not disclose the price and said they were keeping the details confidential given the nature of the bankruptcy court bidding process. The court must review and approve the proposal.
“We are committed not only to reopening this facility, but also to ensuring that these facilities are clinically reliable and financially sustainable into the future,” UCSF Health Dean Suresh Gunasekaran said in a news release.
They were joined by San Joaquin Valley legislators at a press conference where they embraced the partnership. They called it “unique” and a “dream come true” for a region that has fewer doctors per capita than wealthier parts of the state.
They said the proposal would restore critical medical services that Madera residents have been deprived of and bring UC Health System resources to underserved communities.
“This partnership will bring prestige and stability, help rebuild community trust, and restore confidence in the quality of care clients expect to receive,” said Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Madera explain.
Just days ago, UCSF Health announced it had agreed to buy two other troubled hospitals in San Francisco from Dignity Health: St. Mary’s Medical Center and St. Francis Memorial Hospital.
UCSF already leads the San Joaquin Valley’s largest medical education program through its regional campus in Fresno, training more than 300 medical students annually.
Several medical groups and management companies have approached Madera Community Hospital about potential partnerships, but they have not yet materialized. Most recently, the hospital was exploring a partnership with American Advanced Management, a Modesto-based health management company.
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State Senate, District 14 (Merced)
State Senate, District 14 (Merced)
Time in office
2018 to present
mayor of salinas
How She Vote 2021-2022
District 14 Demographics
Democratic Party 45%
republican party 25%
Independent twenty three%
Senator Anna Caballero At least $5.1 million from party since her election to the Legislative Council.That means 46% Her total campaign donations.
Adventist Health had previously expressed interest in taking over the business but ultimately withdrew, citing an inability to find a “financially viable solution”.
“Adventist Health took a look at the situation surrounding Madera and realized we couldn’t do this on our own,” said Kerry Heinrich, president and CEO of Adventist Health. “We want this to be a high-quality facility that serves Madera Serving everyone in Delray and the surrounding communities.”
The bankruptcy and closing of Madera Community Hospital left the county’s 160,000 people without access to critical hospital services, forcing residents to travel at least 30 to 40 minutes to get to a hospital in Fresno or Merced.
That prompted lawmakers to earmark $300 million in loans for it and other struggling hospitals. The state began distributing the funds last fall, with up to $57 million earmarked for Madera alone. The money currently remains owned by the state and cannot be used by the Madeira community until a purchase deal or partnership is finalized.
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