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County hospital move finishes smoothly

November 8, 2008 |  7:49 pm

Boyle Heights-Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center completed its two-day move into a new facility Saturday afternoon.

The last of the 400 patients were moved after 1 p.m., and the new hospital began accepting ambulance traffic after 3 p.m., said Pete Delgado, the hospital’s chief executive officer.

The move went smoothly, Delgado said.

Even though County-USC was not accepting ambulance traffic for 36 hours, surrounding hospitals said they were not overwhelmed.

Jean Paul Moreau, a nursing supervisor at neighboring White Memorial Medical Center, said waiting times for emergency room patients were actually shorter than normal because the hospital had temporarily increased staff up in anticipation of the move.

California Hospital Medical Center also reported no problems.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II