John Muir Co-Purchases Building in Pleasanton for $19M

February 6, 2014 · 8 comments

John Muir Health and San Ramon Regional Medical Center have acquired a building with more than 92,000 square feet in Pleasanton that will hold the new Pleasanton Outpatient Center. The center is expected to open in early 2015.

The acquisition is part of the joint venture partnership announced in 2013 between Tenet Healthcare, parent company of the San Ramon Regional Medical Center, a 123-bed acute care hospital in San Ramon, and John Muir Health, a not-for-profit integrated system of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare services in based in Walnut Creek.

San Ramon Regional Medical Center and John Muir Health are purchasing the building for approximately $19 million.

“The Pleasanton Outpatient Center is another step toward fulfilling our goal to expand and improve care, access, and services for patients in the growing Tri-Valley area and surrounding communities,” said Paul Smith, acting chief executive officer of the joint venture. “The Center will be more convenient for patients, who can access a full range of services under one roof, and allows us to work better as a team to coordinate care and enhance the patient experience.”

The center is projected to house primary care physicians, specialists, an Urgent Care Center, and imaging services. The building is conveniently located off Interstate 580, and is a short walk from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. Ample onsite parking will also be available.

“The design of John Muir Health’s recently opened Walnut Creek Outpatient Center was driven by the needs of patients — convenience, access, cost-effective care, service and quality — the same principles that will drive development of the Pleasanton facility,” said Lee Huskins, president and chief administrative officer of John Muir Health’s Physician Network. “Through our partnership with San Ramon Regional Medical Center, we look forward to providing the Tri-Valley community expanded choices for high-quality, patient-centered care, close to home in a modern, healing environment.”

San Ramon Regional Medical Center and John Muir Health announced and completed their joint venture partnership in 2013. As part of the agreement, San Ramon Regional Medical Center and John Muir Health will also jointly develop outpatient services, such as the Pleasanton Outpatient Center, and other projects in the Tri-Valley area and nearby communities.

“Our partnership with John Muir Health exemplifies our strategy of enhancing and expanding the integrated healthcare services we offer patients in California,” said Smith. “We continually evaluate opportunities with healthcare providers, physician groups and others in our markets to maximize effectiveness, reduce costs, and integrate patient care coordination to improve overall care. Together, we will continue to pursue new and innovative ways to improve patient care, access to services and affordability.”

“With the advent of health care reform, John Muir Health and our partners at San Ramon Regional Medical Center continue to look at ways we can deliver care using different models and best practices,” said Huskins. “The Pleasanton Outpatient Center fits that strategy by offering primary care physicians and specialists in one location, which enhances physician collaboration, knowledge sharing and care management to ensure our patients are getting the right care, in the right location and at the right time.”

The purchase was completed on January 31.

1 Always Right February 6, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Sounds like a duopoly in the making. East of the Caldecott we will have just two choices: Muir-tenet health and Kaiser.

I know from family experience San Ramon Regional charges much less than Muir does for things like CT scans and Colonoscopies. This “partnership” between competitors sounds pretty anti- competitive to me.

If these were oil companies instead of hospitals there would be congressional hearings and demands for criminal prosecution.

2 Winn February 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Wow, big purchase, right after layoffs….and talks of possibly laying off more employees.

3 NoMoreFreeRide February 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

They are drowning in debt and now buying another building. This makes sense John Muir is starting to sound like our government.

4 concord grape February 6, 2014 at 10:47 AM

and what is happening with the huge building that housed Muir Lab as well as their fleet of cars now that Lab Corp took over. Another big waste of money?

5 Good heart February 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Such a joke! That’s why medical premiums go up 30% plus a year! Obama care has helped so much! NOT! What a fiasco medical care has become!

6 Role Models February 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM

John Muir is gonna let that lab sit empty.

7 Nymous February 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Anybody else wants to join in claycords complainers and whiners anonymous group?

8 Anxious February 6, 2014 at 7:02 PM

As a current employee of JMH, I can tell you that most JMH employees are walking on pins and needles. There have been multiple terminations daily, and if they continue at this rate there will be no one left to care for the patients and support the massive info systems. JMH is currently in a “stretch” mode, cutting costs and working their employees longer hours with high and often unrealistic expectations. ACA IS the cause of these cuts. No doubt in my mind. The JMH CEO stated this in a recent online article. Thanks Obama. Thanks for screwing over the middle class once again. Thanks for causing my co workers to lose their homes and credit. thank you for “fundamentally changing America”.

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