With a state deadline looming, some California hospitals still need to retrofit or rebuild so they can withstand an earthquake, according to an article on the California Healthline website.
Because lack of funding is usually the obstacle, some hospital officials are turning to voters to raise money, while others are pursuing more innovative financing schemes.
The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development reports that about 7 percent of the state’s hospital buildings — 220 — still have the highest risk of collapse following an earthquake. the number was 251 a year ago.
These high-risk buildings must be retrofitted or rebuilt to meet certain safety standards by 2020 — the first of two deadlines. Others with a smaller risk must meet safety standards by 2030.
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