The following is a statement from Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis regarding the partnership to transform the St. Vincent Medical Center into a surge hospital:

“I applaud Gov. Newsom’s bold and decisive action to temporarily transform the former St. Vincent Medical Center into a surge hospital that will help individuals exposed to COVID-19. Los Angeles County is working diligently to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and is securing sites to serve patients exposed to the coronavirus. Under my direction, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services will provide transportation, referrals, and other support in tandem with Kaiser Permanente and Dignity Health to expedite the opening of this temporary hospital on the St. Vincent campus. Once operational, the Los Angeles Surge Hospital at St. Vincent will serve the region with the primary mission of increasing hospital capacity to care for patients with COVID-19 which will help slow the spread of this virus.

“The Los Angeles Surge Hospital, located in the heart of my Supervisorial First District, will address our urgent health care needs through this unique public-private partnership among the State of California, L.A. County, Kaiser Permanente, and Dignity Health. No one stands alone in this critical moment, and I thank each partner for coming together to treat COVID-19 patients and for ensuring our communities remain safe and healthy.”

Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Communications Deputy Director, 213-359-0795 or rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov