COLUMBIA III: UCI MEDICAL CENTER ENDS LEASE DISCUSSIONS
University of California at Irvine (UCI) Medical Center andThis is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. announced Friday that they have
"cut off nine months of negotiations for a proposed partnership
... saying Columbia officials are busy dealing with federal
investigators and recent management changes," Orange County
Register reports. Mark Laret, UCI Medical Center executive
director, said, "The reasons are very clear; they (Columbia) have
a lot of other things to focus on right now." He noted "that 'we
had very serious questions about the Columbia organization.'"
Orange County Register reports that UCI Medical Center
officials have been considering a lease agreement with Columbia
or Tenet HealthCare Corp. since last year, "saying competition
meant the center must partner with a health company to get
patient referrals the hospital needs to survive." UCI Medical
Center officials said Friday that they are continuing talks with
Tenet "and exploring other options, including other business
affiliations or legislative remedies for UCI Medical Center's
problems" (Nicolosi, 8/16).