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California quake preparation nears completion

Hospital Safety Insider, January 12, 2017

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State law says hospitals must stay standing; here’s how they’re doing and lessons you can learn

More than 92.5% of California’s acute care hospital buildings are no longer at significant risk of collapse in a strong earthquake, and the remaining buildings are required to achieve this milestone by 2020—10 years ahead of goals.

That’s according to the state’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), which has been overseeing California’s project to bring hospitals up to seismic compliance standards set in 1994 following the Northridge earthquake that flattened 12 hospitals.

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