LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles officials are considering adding 150 more beds at the severely overcrowded County-USC Medical Center.
The Los Angeles Times reports the hospital, opened in 2008, has experienced emergency room wait times that average 12 hours.
The newspaper says County-USC has 600 inpatient beds, 224 fewer than the aging general hospital tower it replaced.
At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Gloria Molina will propose amending the medical center's master plan to prepare for additional beds. Molina calls the emergency room "dangerously overcrowded."
Because of the bed shortage, the hospital regularly diverts ambulances and transfers patients elsewhere, according to the Times.
Records show that in January 98 patients were transferred to the county-run Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Hospital and 65 were sent to other hospitals.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com