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Sutter restructuring to save money

The hiring of Mike Purvis comes at a time when Sutter Health is undergoing a major restructuring that consolidates its statewide operations into five regions.

Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa will become part of Sutter Health West Bay Region, a grouping that includes hospitals, medical foundation and physician groups in Sonoma, Lake, Marin and San Francisco counties.

The move is designed to save money by, among other things, consolidating accounting and business processes. Sixteen workers in Sutter?s Santa Rosa business office lost their jobs.

The new regional structure eliminates Sutter Medical Center?s local board of directors, though some directors will serve on committees for the regional body to promote local interests.

Sutter Health?s rapid growth in Northern California has spurred the need for consolidation, officials said. The regions were established according to where Sutter patients travel for medical services.

The new region will include the local Sutter Medical Foundation North Bay, Sutter Lakeside Community Hospital in Lakeport, Novato Community Hospital, California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, St. Luke?s Hospital in San Francisco, Physician Foundation at CPMC and, temporarily, Marin General Hospital.

A regional board of directors will oversee the transfer of Marin General back to the Marin General Hospital district, which happens in summer 2010.

Purvis will report to David Bradley, chief executive officer, North Bay Hospitals, Sutter Health West Bay Region.

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