Tulare Regional Medical Center will remain open after $55M bond measure fails to pass

Although Tulare (Calif.) Regional Medical Center's board members and Healthcare Conglomerate Associates, the hospital's parent operator, said they would close the hospital if the Tulare Local Health Care District's Measure I failed, TRMC will remain open, according to the Visalia Times-Delta.

Measure I, a $55 million bond measure to complete the stalled construction of a hospital tower, only received 33.23 percent of the public's votes. A two-thirds vote was needed to pass the measure.

"Nobody wants to close a hospital," said Benny Benzeevi, CEO of HCCA, according to the report. "And we know that both the Tulare Local Health Care District and Tulare County as a whole need this hospital. Obviously we are going to do all we can to find a creative way to overcome this tremendous obstacle."

Mr. Benzeevi said his team failed to clearly communicate the importance of the measure to the community.

"We should have done a better job to emphasize more clearly the tremendous potential that exists within our own community," he added, according to the report. "The positive that came out of this — and I believe there is always a positive — is the opportunity we got to talk to so many people and to get an in-depth detailed understanding of where the community is and what their most important priorities are."

Now, HCCA and TRMC are evaluating other options, including proposing another bond.

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