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Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013 11:19 am

Downey Regional Medical Center Acquired; Expansion of Psychiatric Emergency Services at Olive View-UCLA OK’d; Pomona’s Casa Colina Celebrates New Medical Building, Surgical Wing; California Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Center Gets $9M Renovation;

Downey Regional Medical Center Acquired

PIH Health announced Oct 1, it has acquired Downey Regional Medical Center (DRMC), which will now be known as PIH Health Hospital — Downey.

A public open house of the Downey campus is planned for early 2014.

PIH Health will now have approximately 5,000 employees — with 15 to 20 job openings at the Downey campus — according to PIH Health spokeswoman Monique Rodriguez.

Downey hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September 2009.

In April 2010, the two organizations signed a letter of intent calling for PIH Health’s acquisition of the Downey hospital.

When a month later PIH Health allowed its letter of intent to expire, James West, PIH Health president and chief executive officer, blamed the deal’s collapse on health insurers who refused to negotiate new contracts for reimbursement that would have allowed Downey to remain viable.

Expansion of Psychiatric Emergency Services at Olive View-UCLA OK’d

The Board of Supervisors recently approved a $4.1 million expansion of psychiatric emergency services at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, which has long dealt with an overcrowded situation.

The expansion will allow doubling of patient capacity from 12 to 23, create two more holding areas, and allow for providing more privacy and better care as well as referral of patients to other needed care.

County officials have sought to drop the number of patients coming into the ER by educating law enforcement officers about what other resources are available for mentally ill patients and by cutting bureaucratic red tape and other obstacles to move patients to longer-term care, according to news reports.

Pomona’s Casa Colina Celebrates New Medical Building, Surgical Wing

Pomona-based Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation recently celebrated the completion of a medical building and construction of a $45 million hospital wing during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $8 million, 22-square foot, two-story building houses an urgent care center, a retail pharmacy, a medical equipment sales business, and medical offices.

The new 31-bed medical/surgical wing is expected to be completed in 18 months. The entire hospital will have 99 beds, three operating rooms, six surgical intensive-care unit beds and 25 surgical beds.

California Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Center Gets $9M Renovation

California Hospital Medical Center’s J. Thomas McCarthy Emergency Services Center and Leavey Trauma Center in downtown LA has been renovated, thanks to a $9 million financial injection.

The emergency room has gone from 27 to 35 beds, and there is a revamped nursing station and a larger waiting area, according to news reports.

The ER now also has high-tech equipment such as a CT scan machine and ultrasound machine.

California Hospital Medical Center is one of the busiest trauma centers in the city. ER visits have nearly doubled from 38,000 people annually to 70,000 in the last seven years alone.

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