The prospect that Verdugo Hills Hospital will soon merge with a larger healthcare provider has area business people concerned about the next chapter for the 40-year-old facility.
Verdugo Hills officials acknowledged Wednesday that changing economics have spurred them into talks with larger providers about a merger or strategic alliance for the hospital on the border of Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge.
Spokeswoman Celine Petrossian declined to name potential partners. But some Glendale business people believe that USC Health Sciences is a suitor. Meanwhile, Glendale Adventist Medical Center went so far as to place an ad in Thursday's Glendale News-Press, arguing it is the best fit to partner with Verdugo Hills.
Petrossian declined to say when Verdugo Hills would announce a decision.
USC Health Sciences spokeswoman Leslie Ridgeway said the organization, which operates more than a dozen clinics and medical centers in the region and plans to launch one in Pasadena next month, is open to expanding its services. She declined to comment on Verdugo Hills.