EAST PALO ALTO, CA, MAY 1, 2020 – The South County Community Health Center, doing business as Ravenswood Family Health Network (Ravenswood) in East Palo Alto, announced their successful acquisition of MayView Community Health Center Clinics (MayView), serving north Santa Clara County in Palo Alto, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale, effective April 1, 2020.
Formed in 2000, Ravenswood Family Health Network in East Palo Alto, a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center, provides services to about 18,000 patients a year.
Formed in 1972, MayField Clinic was founded as a not-for-profit free clinic located at the Courthouse in Palo Alto. In 1996, MayField merged with the nearby Mountain View clinic to become MayView Community Health Center. Later a third MayView clinic opened In Sunnyvale as part of the Columbia Neighborhood Center. At the time of acquisition, MayView employed 76 staff across three sites.
Ravenswood will brand their combined sites as “Members of the Ravenswood Family Health Network.” Initially, the expanded Ravenswood network, employing around 300 staff, including more than 50 clinicians, is expected to serve 27,000 low income patients with approximately 100,000 patient encounters each year. Potential growth is anticipated in 2021, with gradual implementation of dental services.
Luisa Buada, CEO of Ravenswood said, “For years, Ravenswood and MayView have worked with similar philosophies to ensure that every person in their service area had access to excellent medical care without consideration of financial status. The clinics have served geographically adjacent service areas that today can facilitate easier patient access and provide for expanded service opportunities.”
Kenneth Graham, CEO of MayView noted, “We are grateful for the volunteer and financial support provided by our communities to MayView clinics over the past 48 years. And we feel confident that Luisa Buada will provide strong and capable leadership for the expanded Ravenswood Family Health Network.” As the acquisition is now complete, Graham will assist the MayView Board on a part-time basis to help wind down their residual corporation over the next several months.
During the acquisition process, critical financial support was received from local health systems to assist in the transition. Support was provided by Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Santa Clara County Health and Hospital System, El Camino Hospital District, Stanford Healthcare, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Starlight Foundation, Sobrato Foundation, Sand Hill Foundation, California Healthcare Foundation, and the Mountain View Voice Holiday Fund.
The acquisition required approval of federal and state authorities. Execution of the acquisition was seamless regarding patient care despite major workflow redesign in both clinic organizations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.