On March 21, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a lease to create a surge hospital in the former St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. In an effort to relieve pressure on overflowing local hospitals, the surge hospital will be a transfer-only facility, accepting patients who test positive for COVID-19 from other regional public and private hospitals.
Governor Newsom wanted the hospital to be functional as soon as possible. To facilitate its launch and operation, a partnership was established between the State of California, Los Angeles County and Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente, two of the State’s largest nonprofit healthcare organizations. Read more