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Los Angeles hospital to close, cites costs of retrofitting

November 2, 2017

Pacific Alliance Medical Center in Los Angeles will close Dec. 11 after more than 150 years, according to an article on the Becker's Hospital Review website.

The hospital cited the costs of retrofitting its facilities to meet California's seismic standards as the reason for the closure.

California law requires medical facilities in the state to meet certain seismic standards by Jan. 1, 2030, and Pacific Alliance said it lacks a financially responsible way to make the required updates.

Pacific Alliance is not the only California hospital closing due to the new seismic requirements. Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health will close Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley in 2030.

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