Media Statement

Thanks to Timely and Meaningful State Support, Hospitals Will Be Better Able to Preserve Health Care Services in California

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“Vulnerable communities are on a more stable path to ensuring they have access to life-saving hospital services, thanks to timely action by state legislators and the leadership of Gov. Gavin Newsom; Sen. Anna Caballero; Assembly Members Esmeralda Soria, Eduardo Garcia, and Jim Wood; Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins; and Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas; along with Sen. Shannon Grove,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “This week, with the state awarding nearly $300 million in no-interest loans to 17 health care facilities, some hospitals on the brink of bankruptcy or closure received a much-needed lifeline.”

“As we have seen from the unfortunate circumstances in Madera County, it is communities and patients who suffer when a hospital closes,” Coyle said. “These emergency funds will be an important mechanism to help avoid diminished access to care in some of California’s most vulnerable areas.”

“On behalf of hospitals, and the patients and communities they serve, we are grateful for this support to protect and preserve the care Californians rely on — maternity services, emergency care, surgical services, preventative screenings, and so much more.”