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California hospital may reopen within 4 months under Adventist Health

Tulare (Calif.) Regional Medical Center may reopen within four months under a proposal submitted by Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health, which the hospital's board approved June 27, according to The Fresno Bee.

The Tulare Regional Medical Center board of directors voted 4-1 to accept the plan proposed by Adventist Health Central Valley Network, which operates three medical centers in Hanford, Calif., Selma, Calif., and Reedley, Calif.

Under the plan, Adventist will offer technical assistance to reopen the hospital and a $10 million line of credit this year, according to Tulare Regional Board of Directors President Kevin Northcraft. He also said the board agreed to place an initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot allowing Adventist to lease the hospital full time.

The plan also provides for the reopening of Tulare Regional within four months, which would meet the hospital's deadline to reopen before its one-year temporary licenses suspension expires in October, according to the report.

Mr. Northcraft said board officials also heard a proposal from Fresno, Calif.-based Community Medical Centers. However, under the organization's plan, Tulare Regional was not projected to reopen until fall 2019.

Andrea Kofl, president of Adventist Health Central Valley Network, told The Fresno Bee via email: "We are grateful to the Tulare board, Citizens for Hospital Accountability and community for their courage and tenacity in getting to this next step in reopening the hospital. We are blessed to serve with the Tulare team and eager to see what we accomplish together."

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