Hospitals appeal Sutter project ruling

SANTA ROSA -- Two Sonoma County health care districts announced this evening they appealed a recent court ruling that sided with Sutter Health over objections to Sutter's new $284 million hospital, now under construction just north of Santa Rosa.

Healdsburg District Hospital and the Palm Drive Healthcare District also laid out grounds for a potential settlement, calling for the county of Sonoma to create a countywide health care provider planning process.

"We remain concerned with health care in the region, and, in particular, the health care access agreement and its impacts on the future of health care," said Evan Rayner, chief executive officer of Healdsburg District Hospital.

As a means of possibly "improving the health care delivery system in Sonoma County," the countywide health plan would settle the lawsuit, according to a letter from the districts' attorneys accompanying the announcement.

The appellants want such a plan to include the following elements:

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