Tulare Local Healthcare District Board of Directors Taking Steps to Re-Open Tulare Regional Medical Center
Tulare, Calif., November 1, 2017— The Tulare Local Healthcare District Board of Directors announces that it is working through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to make the Tulare Regional Medical Center viable. The process involves voluntarily suspending the Medical Center’s license, and all healthcare related entities, including clinics and outpatient facilities, and reorganizing so that the facilities can reopen. This will avoid a forced closure and having to re-apply for a license.
“The Board is diligently working to put a plan in place to suspend services, a move that is required in order for the hospital to be able to re-open,” says Larry Blitz, Interim CEO for the District. “The Board understands the hardship this causes the community as well as hospital staff. Our goal is to reopen and to have a well-run hospital that best serves the community and to staff the hospital and services at the appropriate level upon reopening.”
In order to reopen, the hospital and the new management will need to complete a plan and an application, which will need to be approved by CDPH. Currently, Wipfli/HFS Consultants, Community Medical Centers and Santé Health System, both of Fresno, have been working with the District on a plan that will be acceptable to CDPH to reopen the hospital.
“We understand the impact this has on the community and every day that goes by is a day that 70-thousand local residents, along with 100-thousand people traveling through our area do not have access to easily accessible 24-hour emergency services,” says Kevin Northcraft, board chair of the Tulare Local Healthcare District. “We are working tirelessly to restore hospital services to our deserving public as quickly as possible.”
Those needing hospital services are advised to go to any of the three nearest hospitals: Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia; Adventist Medical Center in Reedley; or Sierra View Medical Center in Porterville.
A website has been set up for the District to keep the community informed. To obtain updated information, visit: TulareLocalHealthcareDistrict.org