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Palm Drive 2.0

Sebastopol’s Palm Drive Hospital and emergency room have been closed for about a month and after much discussion, its elected district board has put the hospital’s future in the hands of a hotly debated, doctor-led plan.

“We selected the (Palm Drive) Foundation as the one to negotiate with,” says board member James Maresca, referring to a proposal by members of the Palm Drive Foundation.

But there are still big challenges — state and federal regulations at every turn, and broader questions of financial sustainability that are being faced by small hospitals around the country.