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Oak Valley - Hospital, Dignity Health Severing Ties
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After a 15-year relationship, Oak Valley Hospital is ending its affiliation with Dignity Health, formerly Catholic Healthcare West, the hospital announced on Monday, May 13.

According to a hospital press release, Oak Valley Hospital District and Dignity Health will continue its existing management until the Sept.1 contract expiration, but at that time it will not be renewed.

Hospital representatives said the decision was made following an in depth evaluation by both parties of the hospital district’s current and future needs.

“Dignity Health has been a valuable asset to our district and we are grateful for their assistance over the past 15 years,” Dan Cummins, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oak Valley Hospital District, said in the release. “We are extremely pleased with the progress our organization is making and feel confident it will continue.”

The hospital identified accomplishments and advancements it made for the district in connection with Dignity Health during the 15-year association.

“During the tenure of this agreement numerous improvements have been made including the expansion of clinic services, the construction of a new medical office and community education building, the construction of the first floor of the new hospital building, improvements in the quality of patient care as well as patient satisfaction,” the press release stated.

Donald Wiley, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Dignity Health, and a board member for Oak Valley Hospital said he was proud of the work accomplished together and the value the partnership brought to health care in Oakdale and the surrounding communities.

Oak Valley Hospital serves Oakdale, Waterford, Knights Ferry, Riverbank, Escalon, Valley Home and nearby areas.

Oak Valley Hospital has been in the news recently, among other items announcing the July closure of its popular maternity ward and a pending dissociation with the Oak Valley Foundation last month.

Both sides noted they expect a smooth transition away from Dignity Health, without any disruption or changes to hospital services.