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Washoe Health, Barton eye medical center deal

A deal that will give Washoe Health System a 50 percent interest in the Carson Valley Medical Center could be complete within a month.

Bill Gordon, chief executive officer of Barton Memorial Hospital, which owns the facility south of Gardnerville, said the companies are swapping documents and making the final changes and adjustments to the agreement.

“It’s progressing. It’s imminent,” he said Monday. “If I had my wish, we would open escrow this afternoon. We’ve agreed on virtually everything.”



The agreements include a purchase price, but Gordon declined to disclose it until the transaction is complete.

The deal will split interest in the 60,000-square-foot facility between Washoe Health and Barton. Representatives from both companies will serve on a board that will be created to run a new group that will own the medical center.




Gordon said the agreements could be complete later in the month, but will definitely be finished in February.

Gordon said the medical center is financially healthy and “successful beyond our wildest dreams,” and the alliance should strengthen its resources. Patients aren’t likely to see a change, other than acknowledgement of Washoe Health’s interest in the facility on the exterior signs.

“With two strong organizations working jointly, they will be certain that the center will continue to grow when necessary and replace equipment when necessary,” said Gordon. “There will be so many things I think the residents will want that we as an individual organization wouldn’t be able to do them all. It just makes it much easier for the two of us together to provide those services.”

Washoe Health spokesman John Wheeler cited similar advantages. Washoe Health is the biggest health care system in Northern Nevada, and a partnership means services won’t be duplicated, as well as coordination that is cost effective and efficient.


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