Tulare Regional Medical Center has been closed since the end of October 2017 due to financial problems. File Photo

published on May 8, 2018 - 1:23 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) has requested $22 million in emergency funding to reopen Tulare Regional Medical Center.

The hospital closed in October 2017 amid bankruptcy proceedings and ongoing financial problems. The state Auditor and Tulare County District Attorney are currently investigating possible wrongdoing by the hospital’s previous management team.

Mathis said the $22 million in state funding would allow the hospital to reopen and serve about 70,000 people who currently do not have ready access to a hospital.

“Reopening the hospital is a matter of life and death for the people of Tulare,” said Mathis. “The state needs to be a partner as we work to get the medical center’s doors open as quickly as possible.”

Currently, the new hospital board is negotiating a repayment plan with creditors and relying on loans from neighboring health care agencies to meet payroll obligations, according to a press release from Mathis’ office.

Medical center officials are seeking new leadership to run the hospital, with Community Medical Centers a potential suitor.

Kevin Northcraft, Tulare Local Health District director and board president, said the facility may reopen as soon as June.

“I want to thank Mr. Mathis for all the hard work he’s done, and everyone who has helped with this matter,” Northcraft said. “We are getting closer to these doors reopening. I also want to thank the people of Tulare for their continued support.”

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