MemorialCare Moves to Shut down Emergency Room, Risking Patient Lives

For immediate release:


Assemblymember O’Donnell responds to diversion of ambulance runs to Community Hospital


(Long Beach) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D - Long Beach) issued the following statement in response to MemorialCare’s decision to divert incoming ambulance runs to Community Hospital Friday:

“In less than a week, MemorialCare has again moved up the timeline to terminate services at Community Hospital, despite residents’ call to keep the only hospital in the east side open.  MemorialCare’s initial announcement indicated that Community Hospital would stay open until June 30, 2019, giving the City and community time to identify options, including securing a new provider.  MemorialCare must communicate its true intentions with the City and the community.  Residents’ lives are at stake.”

On Monday, MemorialCare provided a 120-day lease termination notice to the City.  Beginning Friday, ambulance runs for critical care patients will be diverted to other emergency rooms.  This will effectively close the only emergency room on the east side of the City much sooner than originally stated and elevate pressure on other regional emergency rooms. 



Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       CONTACT: Paige Pelonis

March 9, 2018                                                                                                                 (562) 429-0470


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