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S.J. General declares emergency over equipment

San Joaquin General Hospital’s two steam sterilizers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

But they’re old and need repair, sometimes at the same time, which has delayed surgical cases, according to county hospital staff.

So the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to declare an emergency, allowing the hospital to circumvent the typical bidding process and shave off months of the time it could take to install new equipment at the hospital.