Late last month, we asked the CEO of every hospital in California to commit to a new approach to bring hospitals relief from the 2030 seismic standards.
While a third of hospitals have joined this critically important effort so far, we need every hospital — even those already seismically compliant — to do their part, so please sign this pledge form by July 28. It’s essential that hospitals share how this mandate threatens hospital closures and access to care with the leaders of community organizations and legislators if we are going to be successful.
Every hospital in the state — even those that have already met the 2030 requirements — should participate. No hospital will be able to withstand the domino effect of another hospital being forced to close because of the 2030 requirements.
At its core, preserving access to care via seismic reform is about whether community leaders and policymakers understand the need to protect critical hospital services for those we collectively serve. That’s why this effort is focused on three things:
- Creating teams of partners in every community who also value access to care and can help keep local hospitals open
- Helping legislators understand that California’s hospitals are structurally safe and standing with their communities
- Ensuring lawmakers understand the dire consequences of hospitals being forced to close due to the looming 2030 seismic requirements
After you sign the pledge, please take a look at the toolkit we’ve developed to help support your work on seismic community partnership.
Once you sign up, you can expect emails seeking periodic action reports on your progress, invitations to optional webinars to support your engagement with your communities, and additional materials to assist you in this work.
The path to seismic relief begins where hospitals do their work — in communities throughout California. State legislators must hear directly from their constituents — meaning your hospital and key community stakeholders together — about the very real threats if the 2030 requirements are not changed. This will only succeed with your direct involvement.
If you have any questions, please contact Kiyomi Burchill, group vice president, executive operations, who is leading this effort, at email@example.com.