Back in the 1950s, when 18-bed St. Paul's Hospital proved too small for the Livermore/Pleasanton communities, and people grew weary of traveling to Oakland for health care, local residents united and raised enough money, along with federal grants, to build Valley Memorial Hospital on land donated by Kaiser Paving Company in Livermore. From that beginning in 1961, Valley Memorial grew to a two-campus health system with the opening of ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton in 1991. Today, ValleyCare has a total of 242 beds and a medical staff of over 400 with a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services, along with new and remodeled buildings in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin.
With the Affordable Care Act in place, health care is rapidly changing. As you know from stories in the news, independent community hospitals are finding it increasingly more difficult, if not impossible, to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Recognizing this, the ValleyCare Board of Directors and senior administration conducted an extensive and thoughtful process that explored all of ValleyCare's strategic options and ultimately requested proposals from the best health care systems in our area. In May, ValleyCare's Board unanimously approved signing a letter of intent to move forward with an affiliation with Stanford Health Care. Since that time, the Board has been working with Stanford to negotiate a definitive agreement that defines in more detail the terms of an affiliation.
An affiliation with Stanford strategically positions ValleyCare to face the changes in health care with one of the most well-respected and prestigious health care systems in the world as our partner. They are positioned to meet the challenges in health care today with the financial resources to support leading edge technology and medical practices. An affiliation will benefit our community by continuing the availability of top quality, locally accessible health care and by retaining high quality physicians.
Fortunately for ValleyCare, our community has always provided tremendous support. In order to preserve our mission of caring for our community and to continue providing the high quality and compassionate care this community deserves, that support is more critical now than ever before.
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Corporate Member Communications
Membership Approval of Proposed Affiliation with Stanford Health Care
November 17, 2014
Proposed Affiliation with Stanford Health Care - Materials for Corporate Members Ballots
September 26, 2014
Annual Meeting Summary
August 14, 2014
Member Ballot: Election of Directors
June 24, 2014
Bylaws Amendments to Permit Election of Directors by Ballot
May 29, 2014
Potential Affiliation with Stanford Hospital & Clinics
May 29, 2014
Corporate Member Survey Participation
May 9, 2014
Update on Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare
April 15, 2014
February 5, 2014