(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is reviewing Ascension Health, Inc.’s proposal to sell St. Joseph Regional Medical Center to St. Joseph Hospital, LLC. As required under Idaho law, on October 20, 2016, Ascension Health provided the Attorney General with written notice of the proposed sale. Ascension Health’s notice is available to read on the Attorney General’s website.
The Attorney General has a duty to review a nonprofit hospital’s proposal to sell or transfer all or substantially all of its charitable assets to a for-profit entity. Ascension Health, a faith-based, Catholic health care organization in Missouri, owns St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. The Lewiston nonprofit hospital primarily serves patients from Nez Perce County and Clarkston, Washington.
St. Joseph Hospital, LLC, is a subsidiary of RegionalCare Hospital Partners Holdings, Inc., a Tennessee corporation that does business as RCCH HealthCare Partners. RegionalCare Hospital Partners Holdings was created through the merger of Capella Healthcare, Inc., and RegionalCare Hospital Partners. The Attorney General’s review process typically takes 90 days. Idaho law, however, allows the Attorney General to petition the court for an additional 60 days, if needed. The 90-day deadline is January 18, 2017.
Since he received notice of the proposed sale, the Attorney General has served Ascension with initial document requests, retained an independent appraiser, and scheduled a public meeting to receive comments about the proposed sale. Additionally, the Attorney General established a dedicated webpage where the public can view public documents, access Idaho’s applicable laws, submit written comments, and stay informed about important dates.
The public meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 12, at 5:30 p.m., in Lewiston. Persons who want to provide verbal comments about the proposed sale may sign up to speak at the meeting. A notice with details about the meeting is available on the Attorney General’s webpage and will be published in The Lewiston Morning Tribune newspaper.
“I welcome the public’s input on the proposed sale,” Wasden said. “In addition to speaking at the December 12th public meeting, interested persons may comment in writing to my office until January 10, 2017.”
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