Crowded Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center to Add 150 Beds

With average emergency room wait times at 12 hours, hospital leaders and local officials are drafting plans to add 150 more beds to the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

County/USC opened in 2008 with 600 beds, 224 fewer than the older tower it replaced, which stirred concerns it would lack capacity to meet demand. Sure enough, the hospital's medical/surgical ward operates at 95 percent capacity and diverted more than 160 patients to other facilities in January, according to the report.
The project would cost between $300 million and $450 million to construct space for the additional beds, which would be raised through bonds, according to the report.

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