April 2, 2024
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Two SLO County hospitals join Adventist Health

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Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital in San Luis Obispo County formally joined Adventist Health effective March 29.

The merging includes related physician practices and imaging centers.

Sierra Vista in San Luis Obispo and Twin Cities in Templeton were purchased in February by Adventist from Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare for $550 million.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to expand our mission to the Central California Coast,” Kerry Heinrich, president and CEO of Adventist, a non-profit health group with 26 hospitals across the state, said in a press release.

“We are committed to providing access to the full continuum of care that our patients deserve and is absolutely essential to the community,” Heinrich said.

Sierra Vista and Twin Cities began operating March 29 under new names: Adventist Health Sierra Vista and Adventist Health Twin Cities.

Eleze Armstrong, who previously served as COO of Sierra Vista and most recently as CEO of Twin Cities, will assume interim CEO leadership of both hospitals.

The transition will not affect patients, according to the press release.

All insurance plans will continue to be accepted and their access to care will remain seamless, the release says.

Patients should continue to keep their appointments and visit the providers, medical offices, and facilities that they always have, according to the release.