Tuality-Providence affiliation off

The engagement is off. According to a representative of Hillsboro’s Tuality Healthcare, a proposed affiliation between Tuality Healthcare and Providence Health & Services in Portland is no longer being considered.

“We (Tuality and Providence) were in discussions about an exclusive affiliation for 90 days, but that ended in January with no agreement being reached,” said Tuality Community Hospital spokesman Gerry Ewing.

Ewing added that Tuality is currently talking with a number of medical providers about potential integration of services, including Legacy and Oregon Health & Science University, but those discussions are in the conceptual stage only.

“Nothing else is close to being finalized,” explained Ewing.

Ewing said Tuality is looking for possible partnerships because consolidation is the way things are being done in the health care industry these days.

“A lot is changing in health care with the advent of the Affordable Health Care Act,” said Ewing. “One trend is consolidation.”

According to Ewing, Tuality does not want to be acquired, but the facility’s administrators remain open to opportunities to provide better service and bring in more revenue.

Legislators host town hall on April 3

State Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) and state Rep. Ben Unger (D-Hillsboro) will host a town hall meeting with the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce to discuss economic issues facing Washington County.

The two local representatives said they are eager to hear from a wide variety of constituents, from small business owners to those who work for the large high-tech manufacturing companies.

The public forum is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. on April 3, at the Shute Branch of the Hillsboro Public Library, 775 SE 10th Ave. in Hillsboro.

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