Measure would ensure the region has access to quality health care services and state-of-the-art hospital
Lancaster, Calif. – The Board of Directors voted unanimously at its Nov. 20 meeting to put a bond measure on the March 2020 ballot to build a new, state-of-the-art Antelope Valley Hospital (AV Hospital) to serve the region’s 500,000 residents. A new hospital is critical because the current facility, which was built in the 1950’s, does not meet the State of California’s new seismic safety standards. State officials have set a January 1, 2025 deadline for the construction of a new hospital. If a new AV Hospital is not built by 2025, the hospital will be forced to close.
“Antelope Valley Hospital is more than a hospital. It’s where our parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, children and grandchildren were born,” said Mateo Olivarez, RN, Antelope Valley Healthcare District Board Chair. “Every year, 220,000 people receive extraordinary care at the hospital regardless of their ability to pay. Nobody is ever turned away.”
A new hospital would allow the region to have access to a state-of-the-art hospital with new technology, a lifesaving trauma center, the best doctors and nurses and reduced Emergency Room wait times. Important benefits include:
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