Sutter exiting Sonoma Issue Analysis

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Sutter exiting Sonoma


Sutter Health, the Sacramento-based system, plans to close Sutter medical center of Santa Rosa and sell the center's Warrack Campus. Due to the $72 million losses incurred during the operation of the last 10 years, Sutter Health decided to pull out of the hospital market in the area of California's Sonoma Country by 2008. The deal of selling the Warrack Campus to its rival Santa Rosa Memorial was announced after negotiation, and the term of deal will be closed in 60 to 90 days.

Issue: How to account for the closure of the Sutter medical center and the potential sale of Warrack Campus, whether they should be treated as discontinued operation or not. Specifically, Sutter medical center as disposed of and Warrack Campus is classified as "held for sale".

According to CICA Handbook section 3475 (.27), the transactions or events should meet both of the following conditions to qualify as discontinued operations:

The operations and cash flows of the component have been (or will be) eliminated from on going operations of the enterprise as a result of the disposal transaction

The enterprise will not have any significant continuing involvement in the operation of the component after the disposal transaction

Classify as Discontinued Operations

Do not classify as Discontinued Operations

Recognition (CICA 3475)

Separately operating in the area of Sonoma, the Sutter medical center and its Warrack Campus are distinguishable operating unit of Sutter Health. Moreover, their cash flows and financial elements are clearly distinguishable from the rest of the Sutter Health, since their losses of $72 million sine 1996 was calculated and presented in the case. For this reason, they qualify to be components of the business.

Sutter Health announced to close Sutter medical center and sell its Warrack Campus to its...