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It’s official: Proposal coming to merge Natividad and SVMH
Monterey Herald

At a hastily convened and sparsely attended meeting Friday, county supervisors and Natividad Medical Center trustees unanimously agreed to seek a merger of Natividad and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital into a single “health system” serving more of Monterey County.

The new system would be under county control and would inherit Natividad’s status as a safety net hospital, a designation that gives it access to federal funds and other financial perks. County-run Natividad is considered a safety net hospital because it treats more than 90 percent of Monterey County’s underserved and uninsured population.