UPDATE April 29, 12:01pm |
Now that MemorialCare owns and operates the facility, the retrofit, other time-sensitive capital improvements, physical improvements and the acquisition of new equipment can be completed.
Community Hospital is MemorialCare Health System’s sixth hospital facility in Los Angeles and Orange counties and third hospital in Long Beach.
“Our ownership of Community Hospital Long Beach will enhance the ability of these remarkable hospitals to continue providing exceptional care for our communities well into the future,” said Barry Arbuckle Ph.D., president and CEO of the not-for-profit MemorialCare Health System, in a statement.
All Community Hospital employees and leadership team members have been encouraged to remain in their positions, and most have agreed to continue working at the hospital as employees of MemorialCare.
A search for a hospital administrator responsible for Community Hospital’s overall operations and business development is currently underway, according to MemorialCare.
The merger positions Diana Hendel Pharm.D., who has headed up Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital for more than two years, as the new CEO of the three local hospitals.
“We are excited to add such a dedicated and talented team of employees, physicians and volunteers to the MemorialCare family,” Hendel said in a statement. “They embody the can-do spirit that has made Community Hospital a provider of choice in East Long Beach.”
With a combined total of 1,006-licensed beds, the three Long Beach hospitals employ a combined total of 5,900 employees, 1,400 affiliated physicians and 1,000 volunteers.
MemorialCare officials said that plans are in development to expand the services currently offered at Community Hospital.
March 21, 11:01am |
“This change is necessary in a very fluid health care environment, and I will be recommending full council support,” O’Donnell said.
The hospital site was formerly operated by Catholic Healthcare West as Long Beach Community Hospital, which folded its operations in 2000 and conveyed ownership of the property to the city, according to the staff report.
Community members concerned about the impact of the loss of the hospital’s acute care services soon launched a “concerted community effort,” according to the staff report, to save the hospital. This lead to the formation of Community Hospital of Long Beach, which entered into its current lease with the city for the property at $1 per year for 20 years.
That lease, the termination of which council members are expected to approve tomorrow, would have expired on Jan. 31, 2020.
Disclosure: Long Beach Post publisher Shaun Lumachi is a member of the Community Hospital of Long Beach Board of Directors.
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