Sansum-Cottage deal heads to FTC for review

Sansum-Cottage deal heads to FTC for review

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is part of Cottage Health System, which plans to merge with Sansum Clinic, a physician network. (Business Times file photo)   By Marlize van Romburgh  /   Friday, November 29th, 2013 The future of health care in South Santa Barbara County became considerably clearer in recent days, with the biggest merger in decades headed off for regulatory review and hiccups in the delivery of care through the state insurance exchange and to the poor largely resolved. Cottage Health System and Sansum Clinic said their merger is proceeding on track for completion early next year and is under review at the Federal Trade Commission. Sansum, for its part, has smoothed out some contractual sticking points that could have blocked those buying policies on Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange, from accessing its services. Meanwhile, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, which provides low-cost care to the poor and serves about 17,000 patients a year, said it plans to expand in Goleta, bouncing back after nearly running out of money earlier this year. Here’s a closer look at each development. Merger heads to regulators The proposed merger between Sansum Clinic and Cottage Health System would combine two nonprofit health providers that each employ thousands of people and see tens of thousands of patients a year. Cottage spokeswoman Maria Zate said the two groups are moving forward with due diligence, and that the proposed merger has been submitted to the Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize for any potential market concentration issues. “Based on what we know today, we’re hopeful that an affiliation might be finalized in the early part of 2014,”...
Trula Breuninger, MPH, MBA, CEO at Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

Trula Breuninger, MPH, MBA, CEO at Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

SANTA BARBARA, CA, November 21, 2013— Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) is pleased to announce the permanent leadership of Trula Ann Breuninger, MPH, MBA, as CEO. Breuninger’s extensive experience as a leader of community health, as well as an operations management and planning professional consultant, makes her ideally suited to lead the organization. She has previously served as CEO for four community healthcare organizations across the southwest including the San Diego American Indian Health Center and most recently, the Southern Indian Health Council, Inc., in Alpine, Calif. As a consultant, Breuninger has performed the full spectrum of guidance to clients including operations management, strategic planning, feasibility and marketing analysis, and has helped to reduce costs and improve profitability. Her clients have included state and local governments, tribal governments, nonprofits, governing boards, universities, research institutions and integrated healthcare organizations. “I am honored to lead SBNC and work with the Board of Directors and our dedicated Staff as Chief Executive Officer,” said Breuninger. “Our commitment to provide quality care and better the lives of our patients remains stronger than ever and I look forward to continuing our mission to bring the critical health care services SBNC provides the Santa Barbara community every day.” Breuninger received her MBA from the W.P.CareySchool of Business at ArizonaStateUniversity and an MPH degree from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from BrighamYoungUniversity. Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics The mission of Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is to provide high quality, comprehensive, affordable healthcare to all people, regardless of their ability to pay, in an...
Once Troubled Community Clinics On South Coast Say They Are Now Back On Track Financially

Once Troubled Community Clinics On South Coast Say They Are Now Back On Track Financially

Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 12:19am Some once financially troubled community clinics on the SouthCoast say they’re now back on track. Officials with the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics say they’ve trimmed $1.2 million dollars from their annual budget, and have taken a number of steps to increase revenue. The three medical clinics, and one dental clinic say they’ve also seen a boost in patients, with the highest ever for a one month period. And, Trula Breuinger, who was interim CEO for the clinics, and was just made the organization’s permanent CEO. Topping off the good news is that thanks to a federal grant, the clinics will be able to open a new, 11,000 square foot facility in Goleta, with plans to have it in operation by March. Read the fully story here: ...

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