Adventist, Howard Foundation Building New Hospital

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , February 9, 2010

Adventist Health has signed an agreement with the Frank R. Howard Foundation to build a new, 25-bed community hospital in Willits, CA.

Adventist Health will continue to lease the existing hospital from the foundation while funding construction of the hospital in Willits, located about 118 miles north of San Francisco.

"This will enable us not only to have a new facility for our community, but also starts to fulfill our vision for a master campus plan," said Margie Handley, chair of the foundation's nine-member board, in a media release.

Adventist Health Senior Vice President Scott Reiner, who chairs the hospital board, said the project represents "a significant investment in this community."

"Our organization anticipates investing $58 million into the new Howard Memorial Hospital and then will continue to lease the property that the hospital will be built on," Handley said.

The project design is expected to be finalized by this fall. Adventist is a not-for-profit, faith-based, 17-hospital, healthcare system operating in California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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