VENTURA COUNTY: Board Votes On Medical Center Upgrade
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors will vote today on a proposed $7.2 million upgrade for the county medical center's utilities system, which dates "from the early 1920s." The hospital would install new electric, water, steam and sewer lines, storm drains and an emergency generator. Arthur Goulet, the county's director of the Public Works Agency, said that currently, failures in the steam system stall sterilization and laundry, and when the electrical system fails, "noncritical" portions of the campus are without "backup power." The county expects state reimbursement will cover half of the project's expenses, with the remaining half coming from hospital revenues, according to County Auditor-Controller Thomas Mahon (Johnson, 9/15).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.