Los Angeles Hospitals Brace For Billions In Earthquake Upgrades By 2030

By Andrew Cass of Becker Hospital Review

Seventy-three of the 93 hospital campuses in Los Angeles County have not yet met the mandate that all acute-care facilities must be deemed capable of remaining fully operational following a major earthquake by 2030, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal. 

Five things to know:

1. The mandate is part of a California bill passed in 1994 after an earthquake resulted in eight hospitals having to evacuate patients because of lack of power, water or other key components. 

2. California Department of Health Care Access and Information data shows that 176 out of about 700 acute-care buildings on the county’s hospital campuses would need seismic upgrades to remain operational following a quake.

3. A 2016 study from Rand Corp. found the cost of bringing the 73 campuses into compliance with the mandate is projected to cost between $8.7 billion — assuming all of the acute-care buildings need to

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