Petaluma Valley Hospital’s Future Up For Discussion

The Petaluma Health Care District will carve out time from its public meeting tonight to discuss the future operation of Petaluma Valley Hospital, which is owned by the district but is operated through a lease with St. Joseph Health in Sonoma County. That lease expires in January 2017.

The 7 p.m. forum is one of several special sessions aimed at creating an opportunity for public to help craft the criteria used to select the future operator of the hospital, said Ramona Faith, CEO of the Petaluma Health Care District.

“The feedback from the public helps the board shape our evaluation criteria, so we can best serve the community and identify the best hospital operator moving forward,” Faith said.

In October, the district announced that it had narrowed the playing field to four potential hospital operators who each responded to the district’s request for proposals issued in the spring. St. Joseph Health, which has operated the hospital since 1997, is among the candidates.

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