Watsonville Community Hospital returns to public ownership

The Pajaro Valley Health Care District has closed on the sale of Watsonville Community Hospital, officials confirmed Wednesday.The sale will become official at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, officials told KSBW 8. Video from previous broadcastThe hospital will return to public ownership after more than 20 years of ownership by for-profit corporations.“It is heartening to know that the purchase of Watsonville Hospital by the Pajaro Valley Healthcare District has been finalized, ensuring this vital facility is entrusted to public hands,” said Santa Cruz state Sen. John Laird. “Watsonville Hospital is a lifeline for the Pajaro Valley – from the beginning of life to the end, this facility will remain steady in its mission.”Watsonville Community Hospital serves 55,000 residents of Watsonville and residents of North Monterey County.Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo also celebrated the news with a post on Twitter.”Great victory for my hometown of Watsonville & North Monterey County families,” Alejo said. “Hard work still ahead, but let’s make this a success story!”It took six months to raise the $67 million needed to buy the hospital and fund operation costs for the next year.”I applaud the community for rallying together to make this happen – creating and funding an entire healthcare district in less than a year is a complex and difficult task,” said Laird.The Pajaro Valley Health Care District will assume control of the facility on Thursday, officials said.

The Pajaro Valley Health Care District has closed on the sale of Watsonville Community Hospital, officials confirmed Wednesday.

The sale will become official at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, officials told KSBW 8.

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The hospital will return to public ownership after more than 20 years of ownership by for-profit corporations.

“It is heartening to know that the purchase of Watsonville Hospital by the Pajaro Valley Healthcare District has been finalized, ensuring this vital facility is entrusted to public hands,” said Santa Cruz state Sen. John Laird. “Watsonville Hospital is a lifeline for the Pajaro Valley – from the beginning of life to the end, this facility will remain steady in its mission.”

Watsonville Community Hospital serves 55,000 residents of Watsonville and residents of North Monterey County.

Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo also celebrated the news with a post on Twitter.

“Great victory for my hometown of Watsonville & North Monterey County families,” Alejo said. “Hard work still ahead, but let’s make this a success story!”

It took six months to raise the $67 million needed to buy the hospital and fund operation costs for the next year.

“I applaud the community for rallying together to make this happen – creating and funding an entire healthcare district in less than a year is a complex and difficult task,” said Laird.

The Pajaro Valley Health Care District will assume control of the facility on Thursday, officials said.

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