As announced on November 4, Community Hospital Long Beach (CHLB) will begin the phase out of its emergency department and acute care services as part of the planned transition to the new Long Beach Community Wellness Campus, due, in part, to the required seismic retrofit costs, now anticipated to exceed $75 million.
Subsequent to that announcement, available staffing for acute care units has become increasingly challenging. In addition, several nurse registry staffing agencies have indicated their intent to cease providing services to Community Hospital Long Beach, effective this current month.
After consultation with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMS), EMS will close the CHLB emergency department to 911 ambulance dispatches this Wednesday, November 17th at 8am. The emergency department will close to all walk-ins and visitors at 8am on Wednesday, November 24th.
On average, less than 5% of cases in the CHLB emergency department need emergency intervention – with the rest likely able to be handled in a lower acuity facility, such as an urgent care center.
CHLB staff is working with area hospitals to ensure residents have access to emergency care services. The emergency departments at both Memorial Medical Center, located at 2801 Atlantic Avenue and St. Mary Medical Center, located at 1050 Linden Avenue, remain open.
For more information on transition plans and the future of healthcare services on the CHLB campus, visit: www.longbeachcwc.org.