California hospital district's dissolution temporarily halted

The Los Medanos Community Healthcare District in Pittsburg, Calif., received a judicial reprieve to make a case for continuing operations, according to the East Bay Times.

Three things to know:

1. Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Steven Austin issued a temporary stay for the hospital district Jan. 9, hours before a crucial vote could have dissolved it. The stay prevented the Local Agency Formation Commission from dismantling the district before a Feb. 7 protest hearing.

2. While the Los Medanos Community Hospital closed in 1994, the district has continued operations by managing grants for local health-related programs. Critics of the hospital district said the county could perform those tasks and have accused the district of fiscal mismanagement. However, the district urged LAFCO to refrain from voting on the proposed dissolution until several issues are resolved.

3. A commission approved a proposal to dissolve the district and transfer its assets and debts to the county Sept. 12, 2018. Other Bay Area healthcare districts have faced similar questions concerning whether they should remain in operation. California has 78 healthcare districts, which build and operate hospitals and other healthcare services through local taxpayer funding, according to the East Bay Times.

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