Shuttered California hospital to reopen in 2020

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The shuttered Community Hospital of Long Beach (Calif.) is expected to reopen to patients in 2020, according to The Long Beach Post. 

The 94-year-old hospital closed last year after an independent study found an active earthquake fault zone under its campus. The hospital announced it would close because it was unable to bring the hospital into compliance with California's earthquake-resistant standards.

Before the hospital closed, it was operated by Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

The City of Long Beach, which owns the hospital, has now signed a long-term lease and operating agreement with Molina, Wu, Network to reopen the facility.

"We made reopening Community Hospital a top priority and are committed to an accessible and safe emergency room for all residents of Long Beach," Mayor Robert Garcia told the Post. "Signing the long-term agreement brings us one step closer to outstanding medical care and health services citywide."

The hospital needs a final state inspection before it can reopen. Molina, Wu, Network expects that inspection to take place in January. 

Read the full report here. 

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