County Acquisition of Land for Hospital Studied

As part of a plan for replacing outdated facilities at County-USC Medical Center, the county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to study the feasibility of acquiring 36 acres of land in Irwindale for construction of a 350-bed hospital.

Supervisor Pete Schabarum said the county may be able to obtain the land--east of the 605 Freeway and north of Romona Boulevard--at little or no cost because it is part of Irwindale's redevelopment project.

A new hospital in the San Gabriel Valley is part of a county health facilities master plan that includes remodeling the County-USC Medical Center in East Los Angeles. The plan calls for reducing the size of the hospital, which has 1,400 beds.

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