A. Signing the LOI is the first step in the process, and nothing changes today for our patients, community, employees and physicians. WMC’s Board of Directors and Banner Health are simply in a quiet period of mutual due diligence to conduct research and hold detailed conversations to determine the specific terms that may be ultimately included in an affiliation. Representatives from Banner will visit our community and facilities during this mutual due diligence, and there will be opportunities to engage as the process moves along.
This period is expected to occur through the Spring. When we have more details, we will be sure to inform our employees, physicians, patients and community to make sure their questions are answered and create an understanding of what this means for healthcare in our community. As always, we remain committed to advancing the health and wellness of our region and community and ensuring high-quality healthcare access for years to come.