HCA to Give San Jose Medical Center, Regional Medical Center $21.4M to Purchase New Equipment
HCA-The Healthcare Co. has approved a $21.4 million plan to purchase new equipment at Regional Medical Center and San Jose Medical Center in East San Jose, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reports. San Jose Medical Center will receive $5.7 million to "update" the facility's cardiac catheterization lab and replace broken patient beds and surgical equipment. In addition, the neurosurgery department will receive $2.4 to purchase a new imaging system. Meanwhile, Regional Medical Center will receive $15.7 million to purchase a CT scan machine, patient monitoring equipment and a "variety of medical and diagnostic equipment." The hospital also will purchase two emergency power generators and will expand the emergency department by 1,800 square feet. However, despite the investment in San Jose Medical Center, HCA officials may still close the hospital. According to the Business Journal, the company will likely make a decision on whether to close the facility by the end of the first quarter. HCA will transfer the new equipment to Regional Medical Center in the event that the company closes San Jose Medical Center (May, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 1/11).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.