After operating as an independent hospital for more than a half-century, DeKalb Health is in the market for an affiliation.
The Auburn-based hospital announced this week plans to pursue a partnership affiliation with a larger healthcare system following a Jan. 18 vote by its board of directors. A DeKalb Health official said a letter of intent to join a healthcare network is being formalized.
It’s not known yet which one.
“While details are solidified, the board and hospital administration anticipate a period of time will ensue before an official affiliation is formally announced,” stated Terri Christiansen, DeKalb Health Public Information Officer.
DeKalb Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 1964 and has operated since as an independent community hospital. Now doing business as DeKalb Health, the nonprofit, 56-bed, acute care healthcare facility provides both inpatient and outpatient services.
DeKalb Health wrote in a news release that its affiliation “will honor our past, and align for the future to ensure continued high-quality care, long term economic viability, and provide for the security of the DeKalb Health team members.”
Christiansen said more information about the move would be released later.