PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

6/25/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:062518A
Subject:
City of Long Beach Continues to Make Progress On Transition of Community Hospital
Contact:
Diana Tang
562.570.6506
diana.tang@longbeach.gov
Manager of Government Affairs
City Managers Office




The City is aware the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency (LEMSA) diverted all Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances to other area hospitals beginning 1 a.m. this morning, effectively closing the Emergency Department at Community Hospital today, while transitional plans are developed to continue hospital operations. As previously mentioned, the City is actively engaged in a collaborative process with MemorialCare and the new operator to transition the operation of Community Hospital to the new operator. Representatives from the City of Long Beach and MemorialCare jointly engaged in a constructive meeting on June 22, 2018, to discuss plans to facilitate a transition of Community Medical Center after July 3, 2018. MemorialCare is working with the City to identify a process by which the existing hospital license may be placed in “suspense” to allow the potential transition of Community Hospital to a new operator, if the requisite State regulatory approvals are met. 

While the City is disappointed the Emergency Department at Community Hospital will be closing during this transitional period, we look forward to reopening a fully functional acute care hospital, inclusive of an Emergency Department once all requisite regulatory approvals are secured. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank other area hospitals for their support of the City and our community during this interim period. 

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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