Gift for Community Hospital Given to City

By: 
Kirt Ramirez

The Community Hospital Long Beach Foundation pledged a gift of $1 million to the City of Long Beach to go toward the reopening of Community Hospital Long Beach (CHLB).

CHLB Foundation Board of Directors agreed unanimously to give the money to the city and the City Council accepted the donation during its April 2 council meeting. The CHLB Foundation raised the resources through donations and fundraisers.

“We want to thank the CHLB Foundation Board of Directors for their generous donation to support reopening Community Hospital,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “Reestablishing an emergency room in East Long Beach is a priority for the entire city and we deeply appreciate their commitment to creating a safer community for everyone.”

Ray Burton, chair of the CHLB Foundation Board, said in a statement:  “The City of Long Beach has engaged the architecture firm Perkins & Will to develop plans for a seismic retrofit of CHLB. These plans will be developed in partnership with Molina, Wu, Network, LLC, (MWN) through the ground lease agreement to achieve state approval for operation of an acute care hospital. The Foundation’s gift supports this objective.”

The City of Long Beach and healthcare group MWN will work together with the community in a public-private partnership under the agreement and plan to retrofit, restore and reopen the hilltop hospital at 1720 Termino Ave., which closed last July.

“Representatives of the foundation have taken part in all major discussions related to the lease of the CHLB campus,” states a Foundation press release. “The Community Hospital master plan and the vision for the site will now be developed with continuing community input and support. 

“In consideration of the gift to the city, the Foundation will have access to renderings and drawings of the restored facility for promotional and philanthropy purposes,” the release adds.

The Foundation established the “Fund to Reopen Community Hospital,” CHLB Foundation Executive Director Matthew Faulkner said in a statement.

“As we look back on all of our collective efforts and myriad of accomplishments, together we can be assured that with your continued help and support we will achieve our objective of a re-imagined CHLB – a place that will serve all of us for many years to come,” Faulkner said. “Thank you for your continued support.”

The City of Long Beach and MWN recently reached an agreement regarding CHLB. If things go as planned, the hospital will reopen this summer.

“Pending final approval from the state, we’re anticipating to begin seeing patients in July,” MWN spokesman Brandon Dowling said through email.

For more information about the CHLB Foundation, or to donate to the Fund to Reopen Community, people can visit www.chlbfoundation.org. 

kirt@beachcomber.news

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