The first patient was transferred from College Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon. Additional patients are expected to arrive in the coming days and weeks, though agreements with some facilities still need to be ironed out, officials said.
After months of delays, Community Hospital Long Beach has been granted a license from the state health department and will open with 11 ICU beds as the region runs dangerously low.
In the early days of the pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued special orders to reopen Community Hospital Long Beach temporarily as a backstop to the growing threat of COVID-19. But nine months later—as a surge of cases is pushing local hospitals to the brink—the facility remains shuttered with no answers from the state as to why.
The final inspection process began last week, with state surveyors providing the operator with a short “punchlist” of minor issues, all of which have since been addressed, according to a spokesman.
The opening of Community Hospital Long Beach has stalled again as the state’s final survey and inspection of the facility continues.
After a rush to get staff, equipment and supplies in the beginning months of the coronavirus pandemic, Community Hospital continues to languish without patients because its operators are waiting for a final inspection and licensing from the state health department.
Community plans to start accepting patients later this year, pending approval of all state licensing.
The hospital, which received 27,000 visits per year, will help the city address the homelessness crisis, officials said.
The state recently approved a seismic compliance plan for Community Hospital. The next step is getting the staff and equipment in place for an inspection from the California Department of Public Health in the coming weeks.
The 95-year-old Community Hospital could soon be ready to reopen once it receives its state permits.