Vote NO on Dignity Health's acquisition of Ashland Community Hospital
  • Petitioned Ashland City Council

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Ashland City Council

Vote NO on Dignity Health's acquisition of Ashland Community Hospital

    1. Petition by

      Compassion & Choices of Oregon

Why should we care whether the huge Dignity Health hospital chain takes over Ashland Community Hospital? Because any outside takeover can have a severe impact on jobs, the quality of care, and the rights of patients and doctors. That doesn’t mean no takeover should ever be considered. But it does mean that any possible acquisition must be done carefully, which requires

1. Meaningful community input with enough time to identify and resolve important issues before a deal is all but done.
2. Community consideration of alternatives, including proposals from other health systems like Asante, rather than just one preselected proposal.
3. Leadership with no potential conflict of interest and that represents the full range of patients’ concerns.
4. Preservation of individual choice and control over our own care.

Recent signatures


    1. Ashland physicians push merger with Dignity

      Many cite concerns over failing finances at Ashland Community Hospital

      Physicians at Ashland Community Hospital are urging the City Council to approve a merger with San Francisco-based Dignity Health, saying without it the hospital could close within a year.

      The vast majority of the medical staff at ACH is in support of the merger, said Dr. Miriam Soriano, chief of medical staff.

      "Dignity is vital to having a hospital here," said Soriano, who has worked at ACH for 13 years and has been involved in a yearlong series of meetings on a possible merger. "I definitely feel like this is something we must do."

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    2. ACHl, Dignity boards have approved the deal; City Council has final say

      The boards of Ashland Community Hospital and San Francisco-based Dignity Health have approved a merger of the two organizations.

      The ACH board also voted Wednesday to formally ask the Ashland City Council to approve the partnership and a lease agreement with Dignity Health, said Janet Troy, ACH director of development.

      The alliance requires the city's approval because when the city turned the hospital over to the not-for-profit Ashland Community Healthcare Services in 1996, it retained sole corporate membership, according to city documents. Before 1996, the hospital was a department of the city.

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    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • debra yarrish GRANTS PASS, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      The right to die with dignity and personal health issue choices ...

    • Donna Swanson ASHLAND, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      I will not select a physician who practices in a hospital that has a policy that doesn't honor/respect my personal health choices.

      • about 2 years ago

      Preservation of citizen involvement

    • gerry pare TALENT, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      Reproductive rights, right to die rights: these are just 2 of the items that will be in jeopardy with this merger.

      • about 2 years ago

      My LEGAL rights must be preserved. Separation of church and state must be preserved.


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