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Kaiser Permanente to partner with Dignity Health to operate St. Joseph’s Medical Center

Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente have reached an agreement to jointly own St. Joseph’s Medical Center. The partnership announced late Monday will take effect in mid-2016 at which time San Joaquin County’s largest hospital will become both a Dignity Health and Kaiser facility in a first-of-its-kind arrangement for both health care giants. The change will mean that Stockton’s more than 100,000 Kaiser insurance members — representing 40 percent of the insured market — will have full access to the services offered by St. Joseph’s.