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Community Hospital of San Bernardino Joins Catholic Healthcare West; Affiliation to Benefit Community Through Enhanced Health-Care Services.

PASADENA, Calif.--(BW HealthWire)--Aug. 14, 1998--Catholic Healthcare West's Southern California (CHWSC) region Friday announced it has completed affiliation with Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB).

This affiliation joins CHSB with CHWSC's other Inland Empire facility, St. Bernardine Medical Center, to provide a strong continuum of health-care services and benefits to the community.

"Expansion of our health-care network in San Bernardino underscores our commitment to extend CHW's mission of providing affordable, accessible, quality health care to the communities we serve," commented Beth O'Brien, president and chief executive officer for CHWSC.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to partner the heritage of mission- and values-driven health-care service provided by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word at St. Bernardine with Community Hospital's proud 90-year history of community commitment to serving the health-care needs of its neighbors."

"We began this process because we wanted to be in the best possible position to preserve our commitment to the community in this rapidly changing health-care environment," said Marvin Reiter, chairman of the board of CHSB.

"We felt the only way to achieve that was by affiliating with a larger system. We were adamant that Community Hospital would remain nonprofit and partner with an organization that clearly shares our values and reputation for clinical excellence. CHW is that organization."

This action is the culmination of more than a year of discussion between the two organizations. The final terms were approved by the CHW Southern California regional board in July 1998, as well as the board of directors of CHSB on Aug. 5, 1998.

Terms of the agreement establish CHWSC as the parent corporation of CHSB, which remains in existence as a separate, nonprofit, public benefit corporate subsidiary of CHWSC.

CHW's affiliation with Community Hospital provides an alliance with St. Bernardine to create a strong, not-for-profit health-care network in the Inland Empire that provides the resources needed to offer wider access to high-quality health care. St. Bernardine Medical Center will continue its Catholic heritage while Community Hospital of San Bernardino joins CHW as a community affiliate.

St. Bernardine will continue to be governed at the CHW regional and corporate levels, while CHSB will have a 15-member local board of directors composed of 10 members selected from the current board and five members appointed by the CHW Southern California region.

Reiter will continue his term, serving as chairman of the board. In addition, the local board will elect one member to represent CHSB on the CHW regional board.

The two hospitals will share management in order to best achieve a seamless continuum of health-care services. Bruce Satzger, president and chief executive officer of CHSB, has been selected to lead the two-hospital network.

"CHW's goal in sharing management is to develop a coordinated local health-care delivery system, taking into account each organization's mission and the needs of their local communities," Satzger explained. "This collaboration will encourage cost savings, as well as the development of new services at both facilities."

Community Hospital joins 37 hospitals located in California, Arizona and Nevada, which are part of the largest nonprofit health-care system in California, CHW. The Southern California region includes five hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent dePaul.

These hospitals are rooted in a mission of service to the community, providing compassionate, high-quality, accessible health-care services to the most vulnerable populations.

CHWSC includes San Bernardino's St. Bernardine Medical Center, St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood and Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center in Hawthorne.

 CONTACT: Catholic Healthcare West Southern California
 Sherry Reese, 626/744-2232
 or
 Community Hospital of San Bernardino
 Suzanne Jezek, 909/887-6333, ext. 1191


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