Our Exciting Next Step for the Future

Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) has proudly served our community for 120 years. Over the years, MCMC has grown to be the leading provider of healthcare offering a wide array of services to residents in the communities we serve. We are proud that our dedicated team of healthcare professionals provides our residents with effective, compassionate and customized care.

As we shared in January, the MCMC Board, Executive and Physician Leadership have been exploring whether to remain independent, or affiliate with a like-minded healthcare organization that will invest in and grow our system.

The healthcare industry has continually evolved, with rural community hospitals like ours facing the strongest headwinds. After careful and thoughtful consideration, the Board of Trustees has determined that our ability to thrive in the future may rely on seeking a strong affiliate. In order to continue to meet the demands of our diverse, growing community, we are taking a strong next step to explore an affiliation with a like-minded healthcare organization that will position MCMC to continue to provide healthcare in our community for generations to come.

To that end, we are pleased to share that the MCMC Board of Trustees has signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to become part of the Adventist Health family.  As part of our agreement, Adventist Health will commit at least $100 million to MCMC to finance strategic capital needs. Both organizations have committed to exploring our shared vision for a future healthcare campus. In addition, Adventist Health has committed to make additional investments in physician and APP recruitment, service line development and healthcare campus improvements. During this time, we will also work with Adventist Health to determine the best way to meet community needs and expand our mission.

Benefits to the Community

Today, as we continue to work on the details of an affiliation with Adventist Health, we can share with you some commitments that have already been agreed upon by both organizations moving forward. Together Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Adventist Health intend to:

  • Maintain and enhance the immediate and long-term financial viability of MCMC that enables MCMC to make needed investments in the healthcare campus, technology, programs and people;
  • Recruit and retain high-quality primary care and specialty care physicians and APPs;
  • Position MCMC as an employer of choice for employees and clinical partner of choice for the medical staff community;
  • Build upon the great work of our teams to continue to increase clinical quality of our services and programs;
  • Promote and retain our team-based culture consistent with the Planetree Philosophy that celebrates our past, while building our future;
  • Continue effective and efficient local governance;
  • Increase health equity and equitable access to care that furthers our charitable mission;
  • Promote reliability, availability and continuity of healthcare in order to meet the needs of the community;
  • Broaden and deepen community support and engagement;
  • Strengthen MCMC’s population health capabilities; and
  • Maintain and expand access to needed services for all residents of The Dalles and the Columbia River Gorge.

Why Adventist Health

The potential affiliation underscores both Adventist Health’s and MCMC’s commitment to rural healthcare and combines the two organizations’ missions to create a more vibrant and comprehensive healthcare hub in The Dalles and the Columbia River Gorge.

Adventist Health has a longstanding tradition of nonprofit, integrated healthcare that spans beyond their hospital walls. They are dedicated to the long-term viability of their affiliated health systems by investing in their employees and physicians and expanding the services they provide, ultimately benefiting the community with new growth opportunities. The rural health expertise of Adventist Health can allow MCMC to benefit from enhancements in clinical and organizational initiatives, purchasing support, access to additional clinical and operational expertise, greater economies of scale and much more.

Next Steps

While this is an important milestone for us, this step doesn’t change anything today and our priority will continue to be providing excellent care to our patients and the communities we serve. Both organizations will now enter into a period of mutual due diligence to determine details of a final agreement. Pending further Board approvals and standard state and regulatory review, we hope to finalize the affiliation later this year. If finalized, MCMC would become part of Adventist Health’s Oregon Network, which includes other medical centers in Portland and Tillamook and over 47 other clinics.

We look forward to sharing more about this affiliation with Adventist Health as we work toward a brighter future for The Dalles and the Columbia River Gorge.

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Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Adventist Health are announcing the approval of a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) for MCMC to become part of the Adventist Health family.  As part of the proposed agreement, Adventist Health will commit at least $100 million to MCMC to advance access and care in the region.

The healthcare industry has continually evolved, with rural community hospitals like ours facing the strongest headwinds. The MCMC Board of Trustees has determined that our ability to thrive in the future may rely on seeking a strong affiliate. In order to continue to meet the demands of our diverse, growing community, we have taken a strong next step to explore an affiliation with a like-minded healthcare organization that will help us continue to provide healthcare in our community for generations to come.

Over the last few years, the healthcare industry has continually changed, with rural community hospitals like ours facing the strongest headwinds. In January, MCMC launched an exploration process to determine whether to remain independent, or affiliate with a like-minded healthcare organization. Since then, we’ve been asking our community and team to share what is important. The Board of Trustees has determined that our ability to thrive in the future may rely on seeking a strong affiliate.

Adventist Health has a longstanding tradition of nonprofit, integrated healthcare that spans beyond their hospital walls. They are dedicated to the long-term viability of their affiliated health systems as well as investing in and growing their communities, employees, physicians, APPs and the services they provide.

Adventist Health and MCMC share a unique and special commitment to rural healthcare. The proposed affiliation between MCMC and Adventist Health will provide additional resources to enhance the quality of healthcare and invest in our people and resources in ways not possible otherwise.

Meeting the current and future healthcare needs of our service area depends on maintaining, recruiting and advancing a dedicated and high performing workforce. We can’t achieve our shared goals without you.

Moreover, Adventist Health commits to position MCMC as an employer of choice for employees and to promote and retain our team-based culture consistent with our Planetree Philosophy.

While this is an important milestone for us, this step doesn’t change anything today and our priority will continue to be providing excellent care to our patients and the communities we serve. Patients will continue to access the care providers, services, and clinics they use today without disruption.

When there is more information to share, we will communicate with our patients, as well as with our employees, physicians and APPs and volunteers.

With this announcement, both organizations will enter into a period of mutual due diligence to fully determine the details of a final agreement. Pending further Board approvals and standard regulatory review, we hope to finalize the affiliation later this year.