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California hospitals may have to spend billions to comply with earthquake safety rules
Becker's Hospital Review

California hospitals face a potential cost totaling tens of billions of dollars to comply with state seismic safety standards by 2030, according to a new Rand Corp. report.

The 1994 Northridge earthquake led to California adopting Senate Bill 1953, which, according to the report, requires hospitals to upgrade buildings by 2030 to reduce their risk of collapse during earthquakes.

Researchers at the nonprofit think tank assessed the costs of upgrading or rebuilding noncompliant buildings for 418 California general acute care hospitals. They also examined the affordability of compliance based on recent hospital financial data.