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Hospital that closed in June when 1 deal fell apart now has 2 proposals to reopen it

Coalinga Regional Medical Center, which closed June 30, 2018, has to offers by companies who want to reopen the hospital.
Coalinga Regional Medical Center, which closed June 30, 2018, has to offers by companies who want to reopen the hospital. Fresno Bee Staff Photo

The Coalinga Regional Medical Center board of directors has two proposals by health care companies to reopen the bankrupt hospital.

The board will consider the plans at back-to-back meetings on Wednesday and Thursday.

Hospital CEO Wayne Allen said the board will hear a proposal Wednesday night from Cura HealthCare, a Carlsbad, California, private for-profit company. On Thursday night, Dr. Gurpreet Singh of Modesto will present a proposal by Coalinga Medical Center, a limited liability company, Allen said.

The hospital closed June 30, and the board voted in September to file for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy protection.

“It’s very encouraging that they want to reopen an acute-care facility, and that’s what this community wants and that’s what they need,” Allen said.

The acute-care hospital employed about 200 people. The closure left the city of nearly 17,000 without an emergency room for 40 miles. The hospital also operated a skilled nursing facility.

Plans to keep Coalinga Regional hospital operating under new management fell apart in June when the California Department of Public Health would not approve a plan by Modesto-based American Advanced Medical Services to fast-track a reopening of the emergency room. Singh is part of AAMS.

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