Cedillo Opposes Pacific Alliance Medical Center Closure

Cedillo Opposes Pacific Alliance Medical Center Closure

December 18, 2017

PRESS RELEASE
Cedillo Opposes Pacific Alliance Medical Center Closure

Los Angeles—Pacific Alliance Medical Center, Los Angeles’ oldest hospital, recently closed their doors on November 30th, after 157 years of serving the local community, citing state mandated earthquake retrofits the hospital could not afford.

The story was covered in the Los Angeles Downtown News on December 8th:
http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/pacific-alliance-medical-center-closes-sparking-questions-and-worry/article_71e6ef38-dc3c-11e7-b18a-b375cf011171.html.

"We, along with the community, are appalled that Pacific Alliance Medical Center in Chinatown has closed its doors. Our office was notified too late for us to intervene or work with the appropriate governmental representatives with jurisdiction over the hospital and medical care, our county, state and federal representatives,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo.

As soon as we found out of the hospital’s intention, we got to work. Councilmember Cedillo wrote a letter asking to meet with the Board of Directors immediately. In addition, the City's Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD), the State Employment Development Department (EDD), and City's WorkSource Center visited displaced employees to provide an assessment of skills, referrals and training. These agencies worked with the hospital's human resource department to refer employees that may be harder to place, like clerical staff, LVN's, and janitorial staff. Over 200 hospital employees attended our City training on the workforce development system where opportunities were made available for those being displaced.

Our office collaborated in the community meeting mentioned in the article above, helping with translation in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish to make sure it was inclusive of everyone affected. At that meeting we shared our opposition and disappointment in the hospital’s lack of communication with the public about their intent to close.

Today, the Los Angeles Times followed with an article on the matter, where when asked about the impact of the closure, a hospital association representative said the impact on this area would be “very light.”

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-chinatown-hospital-closes-20171218-story.html.

“The closure of Pacific Alliance Medical Center will leave a huge void in the continuum of care for medical service delivery, deplete an already delicate and impacted healthcare system, and decimate the local economy with the loss of jobs and economic activity. The closure is unacceptable at a time when healthcare access has expanded under Obamacare, yet the lack of service facilities makes it difficult to meet our emerging healthcare needs," added Councilmember Cedillo.

Although this issue is outside of City jurisdiction, we are working with our partners in the County and the State to explore our options. We committed to continue the dialogue and work with the community to bring these services back if possible, expand the capacity of existing services, and work with our political counterparts on long term plans for the site.

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

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