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California seismic safety rules pose expensive challenge for Sonoma County hospitals
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

If a major earthquake were to hit Sonoma County, Healdsburg District Hospital’s original structure that currently houses inpatient services would not collapse or endanger patient lives, according to its current seismic rating.

While services at the hospital’s 11-year-old emergency department would likely be uninterrupted by a big temblor, the hospital’s original 50-year-old structure would probably be incapable of caring for patients. Hospital officials say retrofitting the facility’s original footprint to keep it operational after an earthquake — as required by a looming state deadline — would cost $15 million or more.