US-based Alecto Healthcare has secured a contract to offer management services for Antelope Valley Healthcare District (AVHD) and Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH).

Alecto was selected over another management firm and two individual CEO candidates who comprised the finalists to fill the hospital’s current management vacancy.

Located in the city of Lancaster in northern Los Angeles county, the 420-bed AVH is a level II trauma center and provides a full range of medical / surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health and cancer care.

AVHD board of directors chair Doddanna Krishna said: "Alecto brings an extensive background in healthcare quality, financial stewardship and innovative programme development.

"Its deep and broad experience with other similar hospitals will serve our community well as we face the many changes and challenges currently confronting the healthcare industry."

"Our commitment is not only to the hospital, but to the community and its healthcare needs."

The management team at Alecto has more than 100 years of experience in operating and managing acute care hospitals in California and around the country.

Alecto CEO Lex Reddy said: "Antelope Valley Hospital has a rich history of providing quality care in this community.

"Alecto looks forward to working with local healthcare providers, health plans, hospital staff and other interested parties in forging the long-term strategic success of AVH.

"Each hospital is unique and presents a different set of challenges, but the solution always involves a strong commitment to the hospital’s employees, physicians and patients.

"Our commitment is not only to the hospital, but to the community and its healthcare needs."

For the past three years, Alecto was managing the 217-bed St Rose Hospital in Hayward and is claimed to have helped it become a financially viable nonprofit community hospital from the brink of financial collapse.

Alecto also owns three hospitals, including Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles.