Media Statement

California Hospitals Making Good Progress
State Officials Say More than 80 Percent of Hospitals Will Be Compliant By 2015

The preliminary results of a recently completed statewide survey indicate that more than 80 percent of California hospitals with buildings considered at risk during a major earthquake will meet new safety standards by 2015. This is good news for patients, hospital employees and local communities alike.

According to newly released data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), 129 hospitals with 403 buildings will meet the state’s hospital seismic requirement by January 2013. Another 55 hospitals with 153 buildings will be compliant by 2015. By 2015, OSHPD projects that 82 percent of all hospitals and buildings will be compliant. Nearly all hospitals are well on the road to compliance, despite many setbacks that have delayed projects or caused projects to be revised.

California hospitals have long supported the goal of having earthquake compliant hospital buildings. The challenge has been how these upgrades are financed and implemented in a manner that does not jeopardize access to care for patients.

The newly released data, which needs updating and further analysis, show that most hospitals are making excellent progress towards meeting the mandate. A number of hospitals, however, will not be able to comply with the seismic deadlines for financial, scheduling or other practical reasons. It is essential that lawmakers and hospital officials work collaboratively to address these barriers and keep hospitals open for patients.