Suburban Medical Center, Paramount, Calif., said it plans to convert its emergency room into an urgent-care center that will no longer accept ambulance calls beginning early next year. The move marks the 10th ER in California -- and the ninth in Los Angeles County -- to close or announce plans to close this year. The 182-bed hospital, owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp., serves the same area as ElaStar Community Hospital, which closed in August, and Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, which plans to close its trauma center by year-end. Suburban officials said the ER closure was necessary to stem mounting losses. The 33-year-old hospital lost $9.3 million on $45.6 million in revenue last year, according to the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. The closure would leave L.A. County with 75 ERs to serve nearly 10 million residents; a decade ago, the county had 94 ERs serving about 9 million residents, according to the California Medical Association. -- by Laura B. Benko
Ninth L.A. County ER announces plans to close
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