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Sutter Plans Closure of Berkeley’s Alta Bates Hospital, ER
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After years of speculation in Berkeley, the future closure of Alta Bates Hospital appears to be certain.

Sutter Health, owner of Alta Bates, said it will close the inpatient hospital and its emergency department sometime in advance of 2030, when state seismic standards kick in. Those standards require that all inpatient hospitals are built both to withstand a major quake and to remain fully operational after the event.

In a statement, Sutter said that Alta Bates is “not seismically compliant” with the law, SB1953. It plans to consolidate inpatient and emergency facilities at its Summit campus in Oakland.