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Hospital Talks Break Down

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ASHLAND, Ore. – Months of negotiations have broken down between Ashland Community Hospital and Dignity Health and it’s left the hospital racing to find a new partner.

After a deal with Dignity Health fell through, Ashland Community Hospital has hospital officials now looking at their options. The hospital had been in negotiations to merge with San-Francisco based Dignity Health. Earlier this week, dignity informed Ashland is was taking its offer off the table, and hospital officials say negotiations have ended. Ashland hospital officials say one reason was community resistance.

Some worried the Catholic-based Dignity Health would interfere with women reproductive services and the Oregon Death With Dignity Act. Now, Ashland is searching for a new partner. Officials at Ashland Community Hospital stated that they are struggling financially, and merging with another organization would help it continue to operate at a high level.

Some other options for potential partners include Providence and Asante, which owns Rogue Regional Medical Center. Both organizations have expressed interest in forming a partnership with Ashland. Officials at Ashland Community Hospital say they have meetings set up with representatives from Providence and Asante as they continue to move forward to look for a partner.