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    Transition of Marin General Hospital to Marin Healthcare District Complete

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 30, 2010 - Sutter Health today transferred operations of Marin General Hospital (MGH) in Greenbrae, Calif. to the Marin Healthcare District (MHD), which owns the facility. As of midnight MHD resumed operations of MGH and the hospital is no longer affiliated with Sutter Health.

    The transition of MGH from Sutter Health to MHD is the result of 2006 Settlement and Transfer Agreements negotiated and signed by Sutter Health, the Marin General Hospital Corporation and MHD, and approved by the Marin Superior Court. The agreements governed the roles, responsibilities and financial obligations of Sutter Health and the MHD, and specified the amount of money that would remain with the hospital at the time of the transfer. Sutter Health’s long-held policy of pooling financial resources for the benefit of the communities it serves was accepted and adopted by the MHD Board. Sutter Health offered to build a new seismically-safe hospital at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars and at no cost to taxpayers. However, the MHD declined that offer.

    In the 14 years that MGH was affiliated with Sutter Health, Sutter invested more than $235 million to expand services, improve the facility and introduce new medical technology at the hospital. “We applaud the dedicated and talented physicians, nurses and staff of Marin General and the work they have done to build a facility that is well known for delivering quality and compassionate patient care,” said Martin Brotman, M.D., President of Sutter Health’s West Bay Region.

    Sutter Health has served Marin County and the greater Bay Area for dozens of years and will continue to maintain a presence in Marin. While Sutter Health does not plan in the foreseeable future to build a new acute care hospital in Marin, it will continue serve the health care needs of community residents through its affiliate Novato Community Hospital as well as through the expansion of ambulatory services and the addition of physicians through Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. Sutter Health will also continue its long-standing support of the community’s uninsured and underinsured populations.

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    Kami Lloyd

    Sutter Health Media Line
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