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Community Hospital Update

Release Date: 2018-06-15

I want to take this opportunity to bring you the latest news on Community Hospital. As you know, maintaining a hospital with emergency services has been a priority for us. 

At the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 19th, City staff will request authorization to engage in exclusive negotiations with the Molina, Wu, Network, healthcare group, to negotiate an agreement for the future operation of Community Hospital Long Beach. Members of the community are invited to the meeting at City Hall to express their opinion about the need to preserve critical life-saving services at the historic site.

Community Hospital Long Beach has been an incredibly important asset to residents for over 100 years. Although MemorialCare is unable to continue to operate the hospital, we are absolutely thrilled to have a partner with the experience of MWN to work with the City to continue providing life-saving health care services at the site.

As many of you know, on March 5, 2018, MemorialCare, the current operator of Community Hospital, formally notified the City of their decision to terminate the lease agreement at Community Hospital, effective July 3. Since that time, the City Council authorized the City Manager to conduct a targeted request for information process to identify potential operators with the demonstrated ability to continue a general acute care facility, including an emergency department with basic support services, at the site.

Since receiving the notice that MemorialCare could no longer operate Community Hospital, the City’s Economic Development Department received five non-binding proposals from interested operators and engaged in an exhaustive due diligence process that included extensive review of the operational, engineering, and financial plan for the Site. As a result of this process, City staff are recommending MWN as the next operator of the hospital. If approved, it will be up to MemorialCare to negotiate a transition process to keep the hospital open.

Many Long Beach residents have made it clear they would like to see the doors of Community Hospital remain open. The City of Long Beach will continue engaging with local and statewide stakeholders with an interest in supporting quality health care and seismic compliance at Community Hospital, including users and providers of the region’s emergency medical system, potential hospital operators, and workforce groups.

I want to thank Councilman Daryl Supernaw and City staff for their hard work to ensure we keep these important services opened at Community Hospital. I look forward to moving this forward and keeping you posted.