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Digging deeper into California's hospital crisis

The shrinking state of California hospitals, involving both emergency rooms and pediatric beds, has been in the news recently. The Times offers readers a chance to dig deeper into the story with two databases.

To see which hospitals near you have emergency rooms and which facilities closed emergency departments or shut down entirely since 1998, check out this database.

To see whether hospitals near you still have pediatric wards, check out this.

You can also use our interactive map of Southern California to see for yourself how losses in in-patient beds for children correspond to where children live.

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

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This is a problem all over the country too and I have an ongoing series on my blog called "Desperate Hospitals" which is updated from time to time and there are links at the bottom of the post to all the previous posts.

Ironically I started the series with the closing of Century City Hospital as an alarm went off that if this hospital, on the outskirts of Beverly Hills couldn't get any money or investors, we were in big trouble and it has been a ripple effect since with so many being on the verge of insolvency.



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