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City Council To Vote On Hospital Merger

ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland Community Hospital may be getting new ownership. Ashland City Council is scheduled for a vote Tuesday to approve a letter intent to merge the hospital with Medford-based Asante.

Representatives at the hospital say that employees are generally positive about the proposed merger. Dave Kanner, the city administrator and liaison with the hospital, says that the fact that the deal is ready for a council vote is a good sign.

“The negotiations with Asante seem to have been very productive. Obviously they’ve gotten us to the point where there’s something to be approved by all the parties involved,” said Ashland City Administrator, Dave Kanner.

This is the second bid for a merger in the last few months. Negotiations with San Francisco-based dignity health fell apart last October. If the vote passes, the letter will move to the hospital for approval before a specific plan is drafted.