Los Angeles Surge Hospital to Begin Accepting COVID-19 Patients

Adella Miesner

Facility opening on the campus of the former St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles Video of Los Angeles Surge Hospital SACRAMENTO – A new COVID-19 treatment center in the former St. Vincent Medical Center will begin accepting COVID-19 transfer patients from other hospitals in the region on April 13. The […]

Facility opening on the campus of the former St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles

Video of Los Angeles Surge Hospital

SACRAMENTO – A new COVID-19 treatment center
in the former St. Vincent Medical Center will begin accepting COVID-19 transfer
patients from other hospitals in the region on April 13. The facility will
increase capacity in phases with a maximum capacity of 266
beds. California is leasing the medical center to expand the capacity of the
health care delivery system to prepare for a potential surge in COVID-19 cases.

“California continues to prepare our health care delivery
system for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients. I am grateful that the
County of Los Angeles, Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente have joined us in
this effort.” said Governor Gavin Newsom.

“This unprecedented public private partnership between the
State of California, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services,
Dignity Health, and Kaiser Permanente is now underway to prepare the former St.
Vincent Medical Center to serve as a COVID-19 treatment center,” said Dr.
Christina Ghaly, director for the Los Angeles County Department of Health
Services. “The Los Angeles Surge Hospital will be a transfer-only facility,
accepting only patients who test positive for the virus from other regional
public and private hospitals to increase the county’s surge capacity should the
need arise. We are grateful to Governor Gavin Newsom and L.A. County Supervisor
Hilda L. Solis for their vision and support, and to all of our partners for
coming together to swiftly ensure we are prepared to respond to this
crisis.” 

“I applaud Gov. Newsom’s bold and decisive action to
temporarily transform the former St. Vincent Medical Center into a surge
hospital that will help individuals exposed to COVID-19,” said Los Angeles
County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “Under my direction, the Los Angeles County
Department of Health Services will provide transportation, referrals, and other
support in tandem with Kaiser Permanente and Dignity Health to expedite the
opening of this temporary hospital on the St. Vincent campus. Once operational,
the Los Angeles Surge Hospital at St. Vincent will serve the region with the
primary mission of increasing hospital capacity to care for patients with
COVID-19 and helping to slow the spread of this pandemic. This medical campus,
located in the heart of my Supervisorial First District, will address our
urgent health care needs through this unique public-private partnership among
the State of California, L.A. County, Kaiser Permanente, and Dignity Health. No
one stands alone in this critical moment, and I thank each partner for coming
together to treat COVID-19 patients and for ensuring our communities remain
safe and healthy.”

Video of Los Angeles Surge Hospital.

This temporary facility will expand ICU capacity for
patients who contract COVID-19, operating as a dedicated referral hospital. It
will not have an emergency room or be equipped to accept walk-up patients.
 The County of Los Angeles will coordinate transfers and discharges.
Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente will manage the site on behalf of the
state.

While California prepares for a potential surge in COVID-19
patients, the most important thing Californians can do to support the health
care delivery system is to stay healthy by continuing to stay home and
practicing physical distancing. 

California continues to take action to respond to COVID-19.

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