Adventist Health moves to absorb secular Oregon hospital

Cash-strapped The Dalles, Ore.-based Mid-Columbia Hospital is moving ahead with plans to be absorbed into California's Adventist Health network, according to a Jan. 31 The Lund Report article.

The two entities filed a joint application to the Oregon Health Authority to approve the move under that organization's Health Care Market Oversight program, with public comment open through Feb. 8, the report said.

The oversight program was set up in the spring of 2022 partly to potentially counter the spread of faith-based health systems, the report said. Roseville-based Adventist, even though it does not carry out abortions in its system, said it will not interfere with services at the secular Mid-Columbia, the report said.

Adventist Health, which operates 23 hospitals in California, Hawaii and Oregon, plans to put in $100 million of improvements in the Mid-Columbia facility over the next 10 years, according to the report.

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