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Startup That Specializes In Acquiring Rural Hospitals May Buy Troubled Sonoma Center

The Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol is currently facing nearly $6 million in outstanding bills.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Sonoma West Medical Center In Sebastopol May Be Sold To A Florida Startup
The public health care district that owns Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol has launched negotiations that could lead to the sale of the financially troubled hospital to a Florida-based startup that specializes in acquiring rural hospitals. At a district board meeting Wednesday, board trustees unanimously approved a “letter of intent” to transfer the Sonoma West Medical Center property, the hospital and the equipment inside to Americore Health, a hospital management, investment and acquisition firm. In exchange for entering into negotiations with the district, Americore will provide an infusion of badly needed money to the cash-strapped medical center. (Espinoza, 2/15)

In other hospital news —

San Diego Union-Times: New Medical Center Opens Tuesday In Rancho Bernardo 
Sharp Rees-Stealy will close its Rancho Bernardo medical center Thursday night and reopen on Tuesday in its new 100,000-square-foot facility nearby. All departments will close at 5 p.m. Thursday so over the next several days everything can be moved from 16950 Via Tazon (the RB clinic since 2000) to the new building a half-mile away at 16899 W. Bernardo Drive. It is opening a month earlier than originally projected. Those who need to access urgent care during the transition are to seek care at its Sorrento Mesa facility at 10243 Genetic Center Drive, said Stacy Rayle, marketing specialist for Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers. (Himchak, 2/15)

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