Looks like Colusa will be on track for medical center
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.