I have an update on the repurposing of St Vincent Medical Center, located in the 13th District.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that he is expanding California’s health care infrastructure, and is securing equipment and services to support California’s response to COVID-19.
The state will spend $42 million in this effort. Of this amount, $30 million will allow the state to lease St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles and Seton Medical Center in Daly City for a three-month basis.
According to a release from the Governor’s office, St. Vincent Medical Center closed in January, but California is readying the facility to begin providing care for up to 366 COVID-19 patients as soon as possible. [Source]
I am pleased that Governor Newsom is utilizing state resources to repurpose St Vincent Medical Center into a COVID-19 treatment facility. It is not lost on me that there were hundreds of skilled staff members who lost their jobs during the hospital’s bankruptcy proceedings. I hope that some of those that lost their jobs will be considered when they begin staffing up the hospital again. This new use of this facility will save lives.
With everything turned upside down due to the coronavirus pandemic, I can't think of a more timely, urgent purpose for St Vincent Hospital in the 13th District. I commend the Governor for taking this action, and his handling of the crisis thus far.
I am here to assist in this effort in any way possible.