In an effort to relieve pressure on overflowing local hospitals, the former St. Vincent’s Hospital has opened its doors again as the Los Angeles Surge Hospital (LASH).
The hospital is a partnership between the state of California, Los Angeles County, and Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente, two of the state’s largest nonprofit healthcare systems. They will oversee day-to-day operations and management of the surge hospital.
“What we are opening is a COVID only hospital, which is unique in LA,” said acting CEO and president of Dignity Health’s Southwest Division Julie Sprengel. The 266-bed hospital has no emergency room and will not accept walk-in patients.