December 18, 2017
LEWISTON, Idaho – Ownership and management of Carondelet House will remain with St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. After input from Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation’s Board of Community Advisors, the Foundation trustee Idaho Trust Bank has agreed to have the hospital retain Carondelet House rather than have the new LCVH Foundation own and operate it.
Carondelet House offers short-term accommodations in a secure environment at no charge for patients and their families, as described by St. Joseph’s website.
After the Ascension Health sale to RCCH, the LCVH Foundation had an option to take ownership of the Carondelet House building, the LCVH Foundation did not have any option to own the land the building sits on. The LCVH Foundation’s local attorney reviewed legal considerations related to Carondelet House, and benefits to keeping the building with the land were identified. The LCVH Foundation’s option to decline the proposed transfer of Carondelet House was provided for in the original hospital purchase and sales agreement.
“After consideration by many stakeholders, it was clear that St. Joseph is in the best position to continue operating Carondelet House as it has for decades,” said Tom Prohaska, President of Idaho Trust Bank.
Retention of Carondelet House by St. Joseph Regional Medical Center frees up funds for the LCVH Foundation to use for other needs in fulfilling its charitable health mission for the nine county region it serves.
“Board members are confident that the future of Carondelet House as a community asset is well protected in the hands of the hospital, “ said Mark M. Havens, chairman of the LCVH Foundation’s Board of Community Advisors. “The hospital is the entity which started the facility’s use, after all.”
“This is a real win-win for the community,” said Prohaska.
After consultation with the Attorney General’s Office, and acceptance by the hospital, documents enabling the hospital to retain ownership of the property have been recorded.