August 4, 2016 - News Brief
Hospital off of Nov. Ballot
A measure to ratify a new operating contract for Petaluma Valley Hospital will not be ready for the November ballot, meaning that the current, 20-year lease to operate the publicly owned facility will expire before voters can approve a new agreement.
The cause of the delay is several sticking points in the closed-door negotiations that continue to drag on between the public entity overseeing the process and its current leading candidate, hospital officials said.
The Petaluma Health Care District, the public entity which owns southern Sonoma County’s only acute-care hospital, will be seeking a temporary lease extension with incumbent operator St. Joseph Health while negotiations continue over the terms of the new agreement, said Ramona Faith, district CEO. Voters will have the final say in approving the terms that the district recommends.
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