Looks like Co­lusa will be on track for med­i­cal cen­ter

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - LOCAL / MORE LOCAL ON A5 -

There could be some wellde­served sighs of re­lief in Co­lusa County this week – it’s be­gin­ning to look like a sure thing there will be a med­i­cal cen­ter even­tu­ally back in busi­ness.

In a U.S. Bank­ruptcy Court hear­ing Tues­day, ap­proval was given for the bank­ruptcy trustee to en­ter into a sales agree­ment with Amer­i­can Spe­cialty Health­care of Modesto. ASH will ac­quire the Co­lusa Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter prop­erty lease with an of­fer of $1.1 mil­lion made back in July.

The com­pany will be­gin what might be an ar­du­ous process of mak­ing re­pairs to the fa­cil­ity, do­ing up­grades man­dated by the state, and se­cur­ing all the nec­es­sary per­mits and li­censes needed to re-open CRMC. We’ve heard that it could be any­where from a few months to a year and a half or more. But at least it’s in the works. Ad­ven­tist Health Clear­lake Hospi­tal Inc. had ear­lier in the year taken over three health clin­ics in Co­lusa County. It had been ex­pected that com­pany would make a bid on the hospi­tal, but it never ma­te­ri­al­ized. Ad­ven­tist ex­pressed con­cerns dur­ing the bank­ruptcy hear­ing, but it didn’t slow things down.

CRMC was shut­tered in April and filed for Chap­ter 7 bank­ruptcy. Since then, res­i­dents have not had a lo­cal emer­gency room care fa­cil­ity avail­able – they’re driv­ing or be­ing taken to care fa­cil­i­ties in Glenn or Yuba-Sut­ter coun­ties. That’s a long trip for an emer­gency.

Here’s hop­ing things stay on track.

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