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.
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“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.