“As a system, we have carried hospitals that experience challenging times,” said Robert G. Carman, Adventist president and chief executive officer. “However, we cannot continue to sustain the magnitude of losses at SCMC indefinitely.”
Efforts to reach Adventist on Monday were unsuccessful.
This time there will be no reprieve, opined center President Bruce Christian.
“Adventist made the decision that they wanted to divest themselves of this facility because they are not going to expand in Orange County,” Christian said. “I made the recommendation that it was in their best interests.”
The center is the only Adventist-owned hospital in Orange County.
“This is a personal disappointment to me,” Christian said. “I am proud of the service we have provided over the years I have been here and will continue to provide until a change of ownership and that I anticipate will continue beyond that.”
On the heels of Adventist’s announcement, the city manager’s office issued a statement that the City Council has retained an attorney to advise the city on how best to advance the community’s interests in assuring the long-term sustainability of a high quality local hospital with emergency services during the sales process.
“I will do whatever it takes to keep a community hospital in our town,” Mayor Pro Tem Cheryl Kinsman said.
City leaders have been and will continue to participate in discussions with the medical center administration, Adventist and the California attorney general.
“The state attorney general must review and approve the sale of any hospital in California,” Christian said.
Hearings will be held locally, according to the city’s statement.