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Adventist Health has removed itself from contention as an affiliate with the Mark Twain Medical Center. The center's current lease agreement expires at the end of 2019. 

Adventist Health has withdrawn from affiliate consideration for the Mark Twain Medical Center and its partners when the current lease agreement with Dignity Health expires at the end of 2019.

Bob Diehl, president of the Mark Twain Medical Center, said the announcement came from Mark Twain Healthcare District Executive Director Randy Smart. Diehl revealed the news in a Dec. 6 Dignity Health Mark Twain Medical Center newsletter.

“He shared it with the medical staff and the employees of the hospital,” Diehl said.

Smart did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

In a prepared statement, Joshua Cowan, vice president of strategy and communication with Adventist Health, said it became clear early on that an agreement with the healthcare district regarding the Mark Twain Medical Center was not the right fit.

“Because of that, we did not submit a response to the district’s (Request for Proposal),” said Cowan via email. “We remain committed to continuing to work with all the healthcare providers in the region to ensure that there is access to great care in our communities.”

The district’s board of directors are currently mulling whether to lease the Mark Twain Medical Center and local clinics to Dignity Health, a different company or to independently control all operations once the current lease agreement with Dignity Health expires.

A decision to select an affiliate or operate independently could come as soon as next week, according to Diehl’s comment within the newsletter.

Any recommendation from the district’s board will have to be signed off by Calaveras voters.

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