The Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted in July to move forward with a plan to remove Natividad Medical Center from under the County’s oversight, and create a “Public Authority” to oversee NMC instead. The change in oversight is being called a “governance change.”
Now, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital is weighing its options on how to deliver services, too — and this could potentially affect NMC.
On October 13, the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Board held a town hall meeting to discuss the hospital’s financial status and how to continue meeting the healthcare needs of our community.
The hospital board plans to hire a consulting firm to determine whether SVMH should form a relationship with another organization or hospital. Possibilities include doing a joint venture, merger or acquisition.
Whether or not SVMHC is a likely candidate to merge with NMC is unknown at this time, but this process is important to the future governance change in our hospital and to our workers who serve our most needed communities.
521 members are actively engaged in lobby efforts with the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to remain a part of our governance change process; to ensure health services and workers are not negatively impacted; and to ensure workers’ rights and negotiated benefits are protected.
To find out more or to get involved in the lobby efforts and outreach to our community about the governance change, contact your Worksite Organizer Bryce Stoepfel at (831) 784-2575.
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