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Options for Doctors Medical Center become clearer, giving renewed hope
Contra Costa Times

A new legal opinion suggests that Doctors Medical Center could be licensed to become a satellite emergency department under the county’s jurisdiction, offering a possible avenue to preserve services at the foundering hospital that is at risk of closure.

The legal position paper recently received by county officials argues that the state’s Department of Public Health has the authority to approve the conversion of the hospital to a satellite emergency department of the county, an option that could also increase reimbursement rates and free up county dollars to help close the hospital’s budget gap.