Hospital Safety

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Kindred Healthcare on slow path to retrofits

For at least seven years, Kindred Healthcare has been talking with state regulators about how to fix a building at Kindred Hospital Ontario that poses one of the highest collapse risks in the state.

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Loma Linda to construct new towers by 2020

If a major earthquake rocks San Bernardino County, it could wreak serious damage to two of the cream-walled buildings at the core of Loma Linda University Medical Center’s main campus.

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No closer to funding mandate

Despite the near certainty of a major earthquake at some point in California's future - and the risk of collapsing hospital buildings -- lawmakers have not made a broad-based attempt to secure public financing to help hospitals meet stringent...

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Redlands hospital to spend $11 million in seismic upgrades

A corridor at Redlands Community Hospital has spurred debate between its administrators and the state regulators that oversee hospital earthquake readiness.
Hospitals in shaking zones

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Dozens of hospitals remain at risk at quake hot spot

When the 1994 Northridge earthquake damaged 11 hospitals, California legislators issued an ultimatum to hospital owners statewide:  Fix your highest-risk buildings by New Year’s Day 2008 or the state will shut them down.
Seismic construction

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Photo Gallery: Seismic construction at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital

Please click here to see the photo gallery assembled by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

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Hospital readiness on shaky ground

Recent earthquakes - in Chile, Peru and Japan - have shown that even if a hospital's walls survive the shaking, it may suffer internal damage to pipes and equipment, shutting off water and power and leaving hundreds of injured residents without a...

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Hospitals prepare for the Big One with emergency plans, field tents

A devastating earthquake in Southern California would almost certainly collapse bridges, destroy roads and render hundreds of hospital beds useless, while leaving tens of thousands in need of medical care.

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How hospitals rate in quake readiness

California regulators grade the earthquake vulnerability of hospitals with a five-point rating system. The top rating for nonstructural readiness is a "5," meaning that a facility can operate on its own for at least 72 hours, with fuel and water on...

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Close to the fault: how some area hospitals rate

California regulators grade the earthquake vulnerability of hospitals with a five-point rating system.

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