St. Vincent Medical Hospital will address the health needs that may arise from the COVID-19 emergency in Los Angeles County

California to Lease Hospital in Los Angeles to Address Coronavirus Outbreak

St. Vincent Medical Hospital will reopen in Los Angeles due to the coronavirus emergency.

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California will lease an unoccupied hospital in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles to help tackle the COVID-19 outbreak in Los Angeles County, ABC 7 reports.

Verity Health System of California announced in a statement Friday that the state will lease the facility for an unspecified amount, though It is not clear whether the hospital will be used to house and treat people infected with the virus.

The hospital, located on 3rd streets. and Alvarado is in the Los Angeles council district represented by the councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who expressed approval of the agreement in a statement.

With everything turned upside down due to the coronavirus pandemic, I cannot think of a more timely and urgent purpose for St Vincent Hospital in District 13. I congratulate the Governor for taking this action and for managing the crisis thus far. here to assist in this effort in any way possible, ”said O'Farrell.

In January, Verity announced plans to close the facility after filing for bankruptcy in August 2018 and a failed attempt to sell the hospital system. Hundreds of patients and employees were left in limbo, although Verity said the patients would be transferred to nearby facilities.

According to the agreement, The state also rents Verity a medical center in Daly City, in Northern California, to treat patients with COVID-19.


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