If you know someone searching for ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton, make sure you give them the street address. They'll need it.
All of ValleyCare's signs have been removed -- from the hospital's buildings, from the Santa Rita/Las Positas corner, even from the pedestal at the emergency room entrance on Santa Rita Road.
While the merger of ValleyCare into the much larger Stanford Health Care organization nears completion, a new name for the Pleasanton-based ValleyCare has yet to be announced.
When Johns Hopkins Health Care Corporation of Baltimore acquired Sibley Memorial Hospital in northwest Washington, D.C. in 2010, Sibley kept its name. Since then, according to Becker's Hospital Review, there have been at least 150 hospital transactions and partnerships, some keeping their familiar community names with the larger acquiring medical group staying in the background or adding its name to the identifying nameplates.
It's expected here that Stanford Health Care, which is acquiring ValleyCare's outstanding long term debt obligation of $80.2 million, will want good visibility in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley communities ValleyCare serves.
"No announcement has been made yet," said John Sensiba, chairman of the ValleyCare Health System's board of directors. "It will likely come after the closing date which we hope will be this month."
Meanwhile, keep your GPS set for 5555 W. Las Posita Blvd. to find ValleyCare.