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Posted on: February 23, 2022

Judge approves sale of Watsonville Community Hospital to Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Project

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A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of Watsonville Community Hospital to the newly-formed Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Project (PVHDP). 

The group has until August 31, 2022, to close on the sale. 

“We envisioned a future in which Watsonville Community Hospital is led by the community and purposed for the community through close community connections, transparency in governance and financial accountability,” said Mimi Hall, PVHDP board member and spokesperson. 

PVHDP continues to raise funds for the purchase and initial operating costs for WCH and anticipates receiving up to $20 million from the State of California. Earlier this month, Watsonville City Council members unanimously approved contributing $130,000 of the General Fund to help PVHDP purchase the hospital. 

PVHDP has also secured commitments from the County of Santa Cruz, the County of Monterey, the Central California Alliance for Health, the Community Health Trust of the Pajaro Valley, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Dominican Hospital/CommonSpirit.

"On behalf of the Hospital, we welcome partnering with PVHDP as it shares the same goal of everyone who works here - to provide exceptional quality healthcare services to all who walk through our doors,” said Steven Salyer, Watsonville Community Hospital CEO. “With a community-led hospital, we believe our staff, providers and community will have a sustainable facility for years to come."

In addition to the fundraising campaign, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of the Pajaro Valley Healthcare District, is seeking applicants from community members interested in being appointed to the District’s inaugural Board of Directors. The five positions are voluntary. While initial board terms will be appointed, future terms will be subject to district-based public elections. The application period is currently open and applications are due by March 4, 2022.  

Go to https://tinyurl.com/PVHCDBoard for the District Board Application.

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Una jueza de bancarrotas ha aprobado la venta de Watsonville Community Hospital al recién formado Proyecto del Distrito de Salud del Valle de Pájaro Valley (PVHDP por sus siglas en inglés).

El grupo tiene hasta el 31 de agosto de 2022 para cerrar la venta. 

“Visualizamos un futuro en el que el Hospital Communitario de Watsonville está dirigido por la comunidad y destinado a la comunidad a través de conexiones comunitarias cercanas, transparencia en el gobierno y responsabilidad financiera”, dijo Mimi Hall, miembro de la junta y portavoz de PVHDP.

PVHDP continúa recaudando fondos para la compra y los costos operativos iniciales del hospital y anticipa recibir hasta $20 millones del estado de California. A principios de este mes, miembros del Concilio de la Ciudad de Watsonville aprobaron por unanimidad contribuir $130.000 del Fondo General para ayudar a PVHDP a comprar el hospital.

PVHDP también ha obtenido fondos del Condado de Santa Cruz, el Condado de Monterey, Central California Alliance for Health, Community Health Trust of the Pajaro Valley, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, y Dominican Hospital/CommonSpirit.

"En nombre del Hospital, damos la bienvenida al asociación con PVHDP, ya que comparte el mismo objetivo de todos los que trabajan aquí: brindar servicios de atención médica de calidad excepcional a todos los que entran por nuestras puertas", dijo Steven Salyer, Director Ejecutivo de Watsonville Community Hospital. "Un hospital dirigido por la comunidad, creemos que nuestro personal, proveedores y comunidad tendrán una instalación sostenible en los próximos años".

Además de la campaña de recaudación de fondos, la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Santa Cruz, en nombre de PVHDP, está buscando a miembros de la comunidad interesados en ser nombrados para la Junta Directiva inaugural del Distrito. Las cinco posiciones son voluntarias. Si bien se designarán los términos iniciales de la junta, los términos futuros estarán sujetos a elecciones públicas basadas en el distrito. El período de solicitud está actualmente abierto y las solicitudes deben presentarse antes del 4 de marzo de 2022.

Vaya a https://tinyurl.com/PVHCDBoard para la Solicitud de la Junta del Distrito.

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