PRESS RELEASE: COUNCILMEMBERS CALL FOR OLYMPIA MEDICAL TO REMAIN OPEN

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February 3, 2021

COUNCILMEMBERS CALL FOR OLYMPIA MEDICAL TO REMAIN OPEN

LOS ANGELES-- Olympia Medical Center must ensure continuity of critical health care services during Los Angeles’s surge in COVID-19, Councilmembers Nithya Raman and Mark Ridley-Thomas urged today.

In a resolution introduced at this morning’s council meeting, Raman and Ridley-Thomas called for Alecto Health and UCLA Health to reach a timely resolution for continuing care at Olympia Medical Center, an acute care hospital in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of Council District 4. Olympia was sold by Alecto Healthcare Services to UCLA Health at the beginning of the year, and it was announced that the hospital would suspend all patient services after March 31, 2021.

“COVID-19 has placed an enormous burden on Los Angeles’s health care system, and on its healthcare workers,” Raman said. “Today, there are still only a few dozen ICU beds available in all of Los Angeles County. Now is not the time to consider any reduction in emergency services capacity in Los Angeles. Now is not the time to lay off hundreds of healthcare workers who have gone above and beyond and risked their lives during this pandemic.” 

“We are in the middle of an unprecedented public health crisis and closing a hospital is the last thing that should happen at this moment. It will exacerbate the strain that the surrounding communities of color face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and compound the stress on an already fragile healthcare safety net,” said Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas. “I stand with Councilmember Raman in calling for all parties to come to a timely resolution for the continuation of this critical facility.”

The councilmembers look forward to working with Alecto Health, UCLA Health, the California Nurses Association, and the community to ensure the continuity of critical health care services at Olympia Medical Center until the worst of the pandemic is over.

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