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El Camino Hospital Updates Community on Next Steps in Plans for New Los Gatos Location.

New Positions Identified, Special Office to Open Soon

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- El Camino Hospital, the hospital of Silicon Valley, updated the community today on a series of steps it is taking to move forward with its activation plans for the acquisition of the real estate and certain other assets of the 143-bed Community Hospital of Los Gatos (CHLG), following the decision of current CHLG operator Tenet Healthcare Corp. to close the hospital prior to the expiration of its lease on May 31.

"We acknowledge the uncertainty the community is experiencing over the closing of the hospital. We want to assure all concerned that our assigned task forces are moving forward as quickly as possible in preparation for the activation of our operations at the Los Gatos site," said Eric Pifer, M.D., chief medical officer, El Camino Hospital and incoming president of the Los Gatos location. "We at El Camino Hospital are dedicated to making the new hospital a preferred provider of care while honoring and building on the long history that CHLG's people have in the community."

Timing for Los Gatos Activation

Tenet's decision, announced on Jan. 8, 2009, to stop operations well in advance of its May 31 lease expiration means that all clinical activities at CHLG will cease on April 10. Once El Camino Hospital has unrestricted access to the Los Gatos site, the hospital's operational teams will need a minimum of 90 days to begin the activation of clinical services.

Key Activation Action Steps Underway

El Camino Hospital is pursuing a number of immediate actions as part of the work to prepare for the activation of the new Los Gatos site:

* Informational session: El Camino Hospital will be hosting an informational session on Monday, Jan. 19, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Los Gatos. Anyone interested in exploring potential employment opportunities at the new Los Gatos site or at El Camino Hospital should attend.

* Identification of future Los Gatos positions: Initial needs for future positions in clinical operations, finance, human resources, business development, IT and facilities will be posted in the near future to the Web site.

* Liaison Office opening: El Camino Hospital plans to open a liaison office in Los Gatos within the next two weeks. The office is designed to be a community resource for physicians, potential employees and members of the community who have questions about the activation plans. The office will be staffed by knowledgeable El Camino Hospital staff to answer questions and help contribute to a smooth opening at the Los Gatos location.

* Review of clinical needs: El Camino Hospital leaders are currently holding meetings with CHLG medical staff to determine the clinical services that will be offered at the Los Gatos location, according to Pifer.

To learn more about this acquisition, please visit our online newsroom at: www.losgatoselcamino.org or call 1-888-650-5124.

People interested in future openings with El Camino Hospital can send resumes to hr@elcaminohospital.org with "Los Gatos" in the subject line or visit El Camino Hospital's Job Finder at www.elcaminohospital.org to view our current job opportunities. Physicians are encouraged to call the physician hotline at 650-988-7698. More information about El Camino Hospital's Medical Staff is available at www.elcaminohospital.org/medstaff.

About El Camino Hospital

Established in 1961, the 399-bed, not-for-profit El Camino Hospital has delivered the highest level of medical services to the community for more than four decades. Its quality programs and high customer satisfaction rankings have been recognized locally and nationally. Since 2005, HealthGrades, a national rating company, has named El Camino Hospital a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence, placing it in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide. El Camino Hospital is one of only 14 hospitals in California designated as a nursing magnet hospital by the American Nursing Credentialing Center. Specialties include cardiac care, dialysis, cancer care, maternal child health services, orthopedics, neurosurgery and behavioral health. The hospital is also recognized as a national leader in the use of health information technology to promote patient safety, including computerized order entry, electronic medical records and wireless communications.

To learn more about El Camino Hospital and its services, visit our web site at www.elcaminohospital.org. For a physician referral, visit our web site or call the El Camino Health Line at 800-216-5556.
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