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Finally, Long Overdue Progress in Hospital Seismic Safety
California Healthline

After years of delay, retrofitting and rebuilding, more than 90 percent of California’s acute care hospital buildings are no longer at risk of collapse during an earthquake, according to the most recent available data from the state’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD).

But the remaining hospitals still need to meet the state’s tough seismic safety requirements, or close buildings that are not up to standard by 2030. Buildings at six rural “critical access” hospitals remain on the state’s list of structures most likely to collapse in an earthquake, and their administrators face challenges keeping them open.