Loma Linda City Council approves specialty hospital: LLUMC responds to decision
Loma Linda University Medical Center is disappointed that the Loma Linda City Council voted September 6 to approve the California Heart and Surgical Hospital. As stated during the hearing process, this decision will harm the region-wide health care safety net. That network provides services to the most vulnerable and unique clinical programs that are necessary but are inadequately funded.
While the Medical Center has not exhausted review of various options, the primary focus is the aggressive pursuit of a strategic plan for expanded health services. The California Heart and Surgical Hospital will neither provide or improve these needed services and will make it much harder to fund them.
It is unfortunate that the City Council refused to seriously consider the mountain of evidence that the Save Our Community Health Care Access Coalition provided in opposition.
In addition, the citizens of Loma Linda, as a community, will need to determine their reaction to the City Council’s disregard for their unprecedented expression of protest against this injury to their health, safety, and welfare. More than 13,000 people signed a petition opposing the new hospital.
“We continue our commitment to provide world-class service,” says Ruthita Fike, CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center. “In the next 19 months we will be opening 80 additional patient beds to serve the needs of our expanding population and will continue to implement numerous other programs to improve our access and service. Loma Linda has served the community well for more than 100 years and will continue to do so.”