Open Our Community Hospital
Our community has worked tirelessly together to identify and secure a new operating partner to open,
operate and retrofit Community Hospital Long Beach. The announcement of a public/private partnership
through an interim lease agreement between the City of Long Beach (owner) and
MWN Community Hospital LLC (operator) on March 12, 2019, allows the owner, operator and community
to take the next vital steps necessary to open the hospital and retrofit and restore the facility to
provide acute care, ancillary medical services and a life-saving emergency department.
The Foundation recently pledged $1 million in unrestricted capital toward the opening of CHLB by committing funds for the seismic retrofit and restoration plan to be prepared by the architectural firm Perkins & Will who has extensive domestic and global experience in health care planning and development.
In respect of our mission "To seek and provide financial support for Community Hospital Long Beach (CHLB)
that will ensure the best possible patient services and health programs in our community", the CHLB Foundation
has established the Open Our Community Hospital fund to further the Foundation's exempt purpose of
supporting the hospital.
The facility (a public building) owned by the City is a qualified recipient of our tax exempt funds to support its
opening in keeping with the IRS's determination that the Foundation may, as a 501(c)(3) California
nonprofit corporation, provide charitable support to a public building that will provide public benefit through
the provision of an emergency department and acute care services for the residents of our community.
The next 90 days are critical to opening CHLB and we need your support of this effort to ensure that the facility is ready for an inspection by the California Department of Public Health. Recruitment of key department personnel is underway and now facility infrastructure, equipment, beds, supplies are needed to pass the
inspection and open the hospital.
The operator will be making significant investments in the opening and operation of CHLB. They have demonstrated their commitment to our community and the City has fully committed to making this happen. Let’s show that our community, in a true public-private-community partnership, supports the objective of ensuring that all of the residents of our City will have access to acute and critical care services by making the opening of
our community hospital a reality.
Many thanks for your support and everything you have done to help us reach this historic milestone!