SVH eyes partnership with Marin General
Sonoma Valley Hospital is expected to take the final steps toward formalizing a management services and affiliation agreement with the Marin Healthcare District, which oversees Marin General Hospital, during a meeting of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board on Thursday, May 12.
For more than a year, the two hospitals have discussed and examined ways the administrations could work in concert for the benefit of both of the facilities. The new agreement would create a path to better share trade secret information to find ways to support both community hospitals.
"I think we share a lot of commonality in terms of our commitment to the community," Marin General Hospital CEO Lee Domanico told the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board last year.
After ending its management agreement with Sutter Health last June, the administration at Marin General Hospital has worked to establish relationships with a wide breadth of health-care providers in the Bay Area in an effort to be more collaborative. In turn, Sonoma Valley Hospital could benefit from the resources of a larger facility such as Marin General, particularly when it comes to setting reimbursement rates with insurance companies and access to a larger pool of specialist to offer a wider range of services at the local district hospital.
"We're very enthusiastic about this proposal. It's somewhat apprehensive to be an independent, stand-alone hospital," said Sonoma Valley Health Care District Boardmember Bill Boerum, after hearing the Marin Healthcare District proposal last year.
As is protocol, the agreement was first vetted by the finance committee last Tuesday before it will be reviewed by the board on Thursday. Finance committee Chair Dick Fogg said he is confident the agreement will benefit both organizations in providing more cost-effective health care to their respective communities.
The meeting is open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the cafe of the hospital, 347 Andrieux St.