- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The owner of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital has failed to secure a new operator for the facility of negotiations with Providence Health broke down.

Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation officials made the announcement in a news release Wednesday. The foundation’s executive board had been negotiating with Providence for the last four months, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://bit.ly/1VVcDeC).

The board had anticipated Providence would start running the hospital by the end of the year, but Board President Jeff Cook said they were unable to agree on terms.

“We’re disappointed that we couldn’t reach an agreement,” Cook said in the release. “Providence was an excellent candidate for us. We just simply couldn’t come to terms on an arrangement that worked for both entities, in a timely manner.”

The foundation in December said it would part ways with its current operator, Phoenix-based Banner Health. That partnership is expected to end in late 2016, leaving the foundation to operate its Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Tanana Valley Clinic independently until it finds a new operator.

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital includes Tanana Valley Clinic, the Harry & Sally Porter Heart Center, the J. Michael Carroll Cancer Center and the Denali Center.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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