Tulare Regional Medical Center is on track to reopen its doors in October. In August the Tulare Local Healthcare District voted to reopen the hospital after it was suddenly closed in October of 2017. Adventist Health will manage and ultimately operate the hospital. We spoke to both hospital management and one of California’s top doctors about what this reopening means for healthcare in the Valley.
It’s been almost a year since the folks in Tulare have had their own hospital, but the people responsible for reopening Tulare Regional Medical Center say we can expect to see the hospital open its doors in a matter of weeks.
“We have 160 employees doing orientation today and another 100 went through two weeks ago. So, we have 260 employees that we’ve brought on board. There are quite a few things going on we are getting very, very close,” said Randy Dodd of Adventist Health.
Adventist Health will manage Tulare Regional Medical Center when it reopens. Top doctors say this reopening is crucial.
“Because of the absence of local services they’ve had to ship patients with simple things like kidney stones all the way up to Sacramento and San Francisco. That’s not good access to care,” said California Medical Association President Dr. Ted Mazer.
Randy dodd of Adventist Health says there’s still work to be done, but people should have high expectations for the Tulare’s hospital when it opens back up in mid October.
“it’s been an amazing journey seeing the hope restored in this community when there wasn’t any when we got here. A lot of skepticism and a lot of hurt feelings when we first arrived and I think the hope is back,” said Dodd.
“I’m told leaders of Tulare Regional Medical Center they expect to open doors to patients and those physicians by October 15th. You can count on us to be there and follow this up when it happens.