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City Announces Community Hospital Agreement Details; Vote Scheduled Tuesday
The Long Beach City Council is voting next Tuesday, March 12, on an interim lease agreement with Molina, Wu Network for the operation of Community Hospital Long Beach, the city announced today. The meeting is at 5 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall. If approved, the lease will enable MWN to receive a hospital license and reopen Community Hospital later this year.
Key components of the agreement are:

  • the operation of Community Hospital as a public-private partnership between the City and MWN
  • a 45-year lease term, with the option of two 10-year extensions, at a lease rate of $1 a year
  • Shared funding responsibility of Community Hospital’s seismic retrofit costs of up to $50 million between the city and MWN, with MWN responsible for any additional seismic-related costs
  • The site’s uses include an acute care facility, professional office building and other ancillary medical uses to include sobering center beds, medical detox beds, recuperative care and psychiatric beds

“We’ve made reopening Community Hospital a priority, and are committed to an accessible and safe emergency room in East Long Beach,” Mayor Robert Garcia stated. “I’m confident that our new partners at MWN will operate a model facility that will provide outstanding medical care and health services.”

“It’s been our goal since day one to return this hospital back to the community,” John C. Molina of MWN said. “We look forward to our partnership with the city to ensure Community Hospital can continue to provide meaningful, quality care services.”

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