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Newhall Memorial closes TCU

Posted: June 3, 2008 9:35 p.m.
Updated: August 4, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
The 27-bed Transitional Care Unit at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has closed, a hospital official said Tuesday.

The hospital stopped accepting new patients into the TCU on May 12, and the last patient checked out Friday, hospital spokeswoman Andie Bogdan said.

A source of local controversy over the last several years, the TCU served as a sort of stepping stone — serving patients too sick to go home, but not requiring acute care. It served primarily senior citizens.

The TCU is being converted to a 27-bed general medical surgical unit. Hospital officials have said that the closure of the TCU was necessary, as there are not enough acute care beds at Newhall Memorial.

On Thursday, the hospital will officially relinquish the TCU license to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Bogdan said.

In addition to OSHPD, the Department of Health and the Los Angeles County Fire Department will be involved in the licensing process for the new MedSurg 5 unit.

Bogdan said the conversion process will start this month, and while the unit should be up and running by August, “we’re hoping sooner.”

On Tuesday afternoon the hospital hosted a luncheon for longtime community partners to the TCU, Bogdan said.

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