PRESS RELEASE

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

6/29/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release #
Subject:
Progress Towards the Transition of Community Hospital to a new Hospital Operator Continues
Contact:
Diana Tang
562.570.6506
Diana.Tang@longbeach.gov
Manager of Government Affairs




The City of Long Beach conducted a week of progressively positive meetings with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Office of Statewide Hospital Planning and Development (OSHPD), MemorialCare, and Molina, Wu, Network, LLC (MWN) in an effort to facilitate the transition of Community Hospital to a new operator after July 3.  MemorialCare and the City have identified a process by which the existing hospital license may be placed in “suspense” so that the facility is recognized as a “continuously licensed” hospital by the State of California.

“It’s encouraging that all stakeholders involved in Community Hospital are working collaboratively with the City in order to create a smoother transition to a new operator,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.  “MemorialCare put their license in suspense, which is helpful to the process, and we continue working quickly to try to minimize the gap in service and get the new operator up and running.”

On June 27, the City confirmed MemorialCare formally submitted a letter to CDPH requesting a “suspension” of the hospital license after July 3 through the time a new hospital operator obtains all the requisite approvals to re-open the facility. The City will continue to work with its chosen operator to address the seismic issues, obtain financing and secure required regulatory approvals for the transition of Community Hospital.

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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