Verdugo Hills Hospital is in merger talks with other health care providers in the region, including Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
Verdugo Hills spokeswoman Celine Petrossian confirmed Wednesday that the independently owned, 158-bed hospital on the border of Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge is in discussions regarding mergers or strategic alliances. In a prepared statement, Petrossian said a change could “improve our ability to meet the challenges of healthcare reform.”
“Securing our future insures good stewardship of our responsibility to our donors, our physicians, and our hospital staff, but most importantly, it strengthens our ability to serve our patient community,” she said.
Glendale Adventist Chief Executive Kevin Roberts said that a merger would be a way for Glendale Adventist to better serve its current patient base while expanding in the foothills communities.
“We have 700 doctors and many of them have privileges up there, many of them practice up there, so they understand the differences between the hospitals,” he said. “They would benefit if we were able to align our services and were able to work strategically to serve the overall foothills community.”