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Monday, July 25, 2011, 4:59 am

Adventist Health creating Northern California Network

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    NORTH BAY — Adventist Health, which operates numerous health care facilities from Solano to Lake County, announced that it is restructuring and renaming the region to the Northern California Network “as a result of growth and pending business opportunities.”

    The new network will fold in two Adventist Health affiliates in Mendocino County to the St. Helena Region. According to Scott Reiner, executive vice president and board chairman of the St. Helena Hospital region, the Northern California Network now includes: Frank Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits; Ukiah Valley Medical Center; St. Helena Hospital Center for Behavioral Health in Vallejo; St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake in Lake County; and St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley.

    Terry Newmyer

    Terry Newmyer

    The new network will be overseen by Terry Newmyer, current president and CEO of the St. Helena Region — a title he will retain in addition to the titles of vice president of Adventist Health as well as president and CEO of the Northern California Network.

    While Adventist restructures its Northern California portfolio, the Roseville-based health group is currently in talks with Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol about possible affiliation. The Palm Drive Healthcare District has recently expressed increased desire to align itself with a larger organization such as Adventist Health, as it seeks financial security after years of turmoil and uncertainty.

    Adventist Health is expected to decide on whether to add Palm Drive to its regional network by the end of July or early August.

    Mr. Newmyer, as president of the new network, will spearhead two CEO searches under way for the two Mendocino County hospitals. He will also focus on organizing patient care, as the five hospitals “collaborate and work toward a coordinated business model.” Bill Wing, senior vice president of Adventist Health, will continue his role in chairing the boards at Howard Memorial and Ukiah Valley.

    “Terry’s leadership of the St. Helena hospitals has been exemplary and their successes are well documented,” Mr. Reiner said in announcing the new hospital network and Mr. Newmyer’s promotion.  “His guidance over the Northern California Network will allow us to expand services to communities throughout the region. Through business collaboration and care coordination, we will ensure patients experience excellence across the continuum of care.”

    Since joining Adventist Health in 2009, Mr. Newmyer has helped lead a dramatic turnaround at St. Helena Napa Valley — it was losing $1 million a month. The St. Helena region has grown revenues from $170 million from then to $270 million recently.

    “I am pleased to begin working with the teams at [Howard Memorial] and [Ukiah Valley,]” Mr. Newmyer said. “I look forward to expanding Adventist Health’s footprint in the region.

    Before joining the health group, which operates 17 hospitals, more than 130 clinics and 14 home care agencies in California, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii. Mr. Newmyer held numerous leadership positions at Florida Hospital in Orlando. He also was named a partner with KPMG’s National Strategy Practice, where he provided consultation to hospitals and payers nationwide.

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