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Community Hospital Doesn't Include Licensed Coronary Care Beds

License allows roughly half of otherwise available Intensive Care And General Acute Care beds



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(May 14, 2021, 10:05 p.m.) -- The license for MWN Community Hospital, LLC, obtained by LBREPORT.com from the CA Dept. of Public Health, indicates that of 10 Coronary Care beds, 10 are "suspended" (aren't licensed). This appears to leave no licensed Coronary Care Beds.

The license indicates that of 20 Intensive Care beds, 9 are suspended (leaving 11) and of 100 unspecified General Acute Care beds, 60 are suspended (leaving 40.)

"Effective January 4, 2021 the following units are approved: 11 Intensive Care beds on 2 South, 40 Unspecified General Acute Care beds on 2 East," states the license (effective April 29, 2021, expiring April 28, 2022.)

Pacific 6 (firm distributes media releases for Community Hospital) chose not to provide LBREPORT.com with a release (distributed early for May 12 release) announcing the hospital's Emergency Dept's opening and an associated photo op event. Coverage of the event appeared in the Pacific6 subsidiary owned/operated LBPost.com and the So Cal News Group's Press Telegram and co-owned Gazettes. LBREPORT.com requested a copy of the release from Pacific 6 shortly after dawn May 14; we received a copy near the end of the May 14 business day. LBREPORT.com independently sought and obtained the license from the CA Dept. of Public Health (licensing agency.)

Prior to publishing this story, LBREPORT.com invited comment (May 14, 6 p.m.) from Community Hospital's Pacific6 media contact.

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Pacific 6 release text

[EMBARGO UNTIL MAY 12, 2021, 12:00 PM PST]

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT REOPENS AT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, May 12, 2021 -- Community Hospital Long Beach (CHLB) today celebrates the reopening of the hospitalís famed emergency department -- signaling the first time in nearly three years that residents can walkin to the hospital and receive emergency care services.

"We are happy and honored that the long-awaited ER is reopened and that our community can count on our employees and physicians to provide quality, compassionate care 24/7," said Virg Narbutas, CEO of CHLB.

The Emergency Department reopens with 20 beds and includes new medical equipment, a refurbished exterior facade, a redesigned lobby, new furniture, and a new electronic patient tracking system. Renovations on the hospital began in Fall of 2018, under the management of MWN Community Hospital, LLC. CHLB was officially licensed to reopen on January 4, 2021 as an acute care facility with 11 ICU and 40 medical-surgical beds. Since then, the hospital has continued to expand services including the opening of the behavioral health unit.

"We, along with countless residents and first responders, are thrilled for this reopening," said John Molina, Founder Partner of Pacific6 and the operator of Community Hospital Long Beach. "Three years was far too long for East Long Beach to go without these necessary, vital, life-saving services and our team couldn't be prouder to serve our community once again."

"Community Hospital is a Long Beach institution, and we were so happy to have it reopen earlier this year," said Mayor Robert Garcia. "It's [sic] services like their emergency department that our community needs easy access to, and Iím thankful for the entire team that worked to make this reopening happen."

"The opening of the Emergency Department represents a huge milestone for Community Hospital. Area residents will now have the 24/7 medical services that have been so critically needed," said Daryl Supernaw, Councilman for the Fourth District.

The Emergency Department will immediately begin to serve walk-in and transfer patients as of noon (12:00pm) on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. 911 ambulatory and paramedic services will begin to utilize the hospitalís emergency department later this month after final approval from Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services.

"The Community Hospital Long Beach Foundation Board and donors are proud to be part of the effort to reopen this historic hospital," said Ray Burton, Chairman of the CHLB Foundation. Reopening this hospital improves emergency medical access and treatment for the community and includes plans to offer additional essential services."

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