MADRAS, Ore. -

St. Charles Health System and Mountain View Hospital said Wednesday they have reached a tentative agreement on the major terms and conditions of a potential asset transfer.

If that agreement is finalized, Mountain View Hospital would become St. Charles-Madras, effective Jan. 1. Its more than 200 employees would be employed by St. Charles, provided they meet certain conditions.

The transaction would also include a significant infusion of capital into Mountain View’s operations, ensuring the hospital is able to make much-needed facility upgrades and enhance its information technology infrastructure.

“We’re committed to providing the same high quality of care the Jefferson County community has come to expect from Mountain View Hospital,” said James A. Diegel, FACHE, president and CEO of St. Charles Health System. “This potential asset transfer ensures the long-term sustainability of the hospital — and is an important step forward in the transformation of health care delivery in the region.”

St. Charles plans to maintain a similar level of services — including obstetrical care — and make available on its board a seat for a Mountain View Hospital appointee for a three-year term.

“This change brings the best of both organizations together for the benefit of the people of Jefferson County,” said Jeanine A. Gentry, FACHE, CEO of Mountain View Hospital.  “We will have access to more resources while still offering the personal, compassionate care our community loves.  St. Charles is the perfect partner to help us grow for years to come.”

The two organizations’ work now shifts to due diligence, as well as drafting a written agreement and transition plan. Both boards hope to finalize the transaction by the end of the year.

About Mountain View Hospital

Since 1967, Mountain View Hospital District, in Madras, Oregon, has been providing quality medical care to the citizens of Jefferson County. Mountain View Hospital employs more than 240 caregivers, making it the 5th largest employer in Jefferson County. MVH operates a 25-bed acute care facility and is designated as a Critical Access Hospital. Mountain View Hospital holds a management partnership with St. Charles Health System in Bend. For more information about Mountain View Hospital, visit www.mvhd.org.

About St. Charles Health System

St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates the St. Charles medical centers in Bend and Redmond, as well as family care clinics in Bend, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters.The health system also leases and operates Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville and provides management services for Mountain View Hospital in Madras. St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 3,000 caregivers in Bend, Redmond and Prineville. In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with St. Charles to provide a wide range of care and service to our communities.