In a federal court decision Wednesday, the Tulare Local Healthcare District received authorization to separate from Healthcare Conglomerate Associates, the management company previously operating the hospital.

According to the ruling, the district can sever the management agreement with HCCA as soon it finds an alternate manager for the hospital, or by Nov. 27, whichever comes first.

In a typical turn of events, HCCA would now begin preparing for the transfer of management duties so as to guarantee a smooth transition, however, given the contentious nature of proceedings thus far, that possibility seems quite unlikely.

If HCCA fails to do so, the result will be a temporary shutdown of the hospital by the California Department of Public Health to make sure operations upon reopening with a new manager deliver quality care.

It seems that this scenario is most likely, especially when considering the comments made by board members and legal counsel.

“We’re looking at options that are pretty bad on a short-term basis,” said Kevin Northcraft, board president, “but on a long-term basis, we see a vibrant, quality, and successful hospital in our future. We’re trying to keep our eyes on that.”

To read more about the developments at the hospital, click here: After Legal Victory, Tulare Hospital Board Forced to Temporarily Close TRMC

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