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State attorney general approves Rideout Health and Adventist Health affiliation deal

March 14, 2018 GMT

After five months of review, California’s attorney general on Monday signed off on the proposed affiliation agreement between Rideout Health and Adventist Health. Officials from both organizations expressed excitement over the decision and are expecting to close the transaction by early April.

“We’re elated to receive the attorney general’s decision consenting to the affiliation transaction,” said Janice Nall, chairperson of Rideout Health’s board of directors. “Their due diligence of both our submitted information and independent research validated the board’s reasoning behind the decision to affiliate with a larger organization of a like mission and vision.”

Along with his approval, Attorney General Xavier Becerra stipulated that 19 conditions must be adhered to by all parties. Nall said most of the conditions set forth by the attorney general were already agreed upon and were reflected in the affiliation agreement.

Rideout and Adventist have been waiting for approval since they inked the deal at the beginning of last October. Since then, there have been interviews conducted with stakeholders, community meetings and information gathering by a third-party – all of which was considered by Becerra in the review process. An assessment conducted by the third-party found an affiliation was likely a win-win for all involved, and that Adventist’s additional expertise and resources could help grow and expand the number of programs and services available to local residents.

“We are honored and delighted to have received regulatory approval,” said Joshua Cowan, vice president of strategy and communications for Adventist. “All of us at Adventist Health are very much looking forward to joining the great team at Rideout in service to the Marysville and Yuba City communities and beyond. As our teams have become closer and more connected in recent months we have been inspired by the deep sense of service and passion for caring which is prevalent among the Rideout team. Together we are committed to transforming the health and the health experience of the community, and we cannot wait to get started.”

Moving forward

Nall said officials from both Adventist and Rideout have been working hard to make sure the transition is “as seamless as possible.” She also said staff at Rideout, the cancer center and the organization’s senior living facilities will continue to be focused on patient care.

Cowan said the integration process will take time. The first week will include some temporary signage updates, which will later be followed by more permanent identity changes, he said. Some IT services and other business functions will be integrated immediately, while others will take some time.

Another major focus in the coming months will be rolling out what Adventist refers to as “care transformation,” which is a core set of Adventist Health strategies designed to “deliver excellence in the coordination of social, behavioral and medical care to reduce variance and improve health outcomes,” he said.

With regulatory approval out of the way, Cowan said the transaction will officially close at 12:01 a.m. on April 1.

“We hope that our new neighbors are as excited as we are for the bright future of health care in our community,” he said.