The fate of Natividad Medical Center, Salinas, Calif., will remain up in the air for the next two months as Monterey County, Calif., supervisors weigh a number of options for the financially troubled hospital, from a sale to a private company to outright closure. The 163-bed county hospital is expected to end this fiscal year in the black, but growing operating costs have put it on track to lose $8.8 million in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. Meanwhile, the county is facing a $32 million deficit in the next fiscal year. The hospital sustained a major blow last month when a ballot measure to increase the county sales tax by a half-cent was defeated at the polls. If approved, the measure would have raised about $25 million a year for Natividad. -- by Laura B. Benko
Sale, closure considered for Calif. county hospital
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