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Hearing on Hospitals’ Merger Is Postponed

The San Fernando City Council has postponed today’s public hearing on the controversial merging of two local hospitals.

The hearing has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Council Chambers, 117 Macneil St., San Fernando.

The extra time was given to allow officials from Mission Community Hospitals to reply in writing to a City Council complaint about the way San Fernando and Panorama community hospitals were merged to form Mission Community Hospitals earlier this year.

According to City Atty. Julia Silva, the merger may violate a 20-year agreement with San Fernando Community Hospital. In exchange for the city’s support of a bond issue, the hospital administrators had agreed not to join with another hospital.

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