Life could be much harder for Madera County residents as it loses its main hospital

MADERA, Calif. — First it was labor and delivery rooms. Then the emergency department. As they inch closer to a new year, residents of rural Madera...

January 2, 2023
6:04 AM

MADERA, Calif. — First it was labor and delivery rooms. Then the emergency department. As they inch closer to a new year, residents of rural Madera County are bracing for life without a general hospital.Faced with bankruptcy, services at Madera Community Hospital and its three rural clinics are set to shut down in the first days of the new year. First responders were already preparing for a deluge of emergencies associated with the looming closure.Health officials, physicians and nurses from across the San Joaquin Valley packed the meeting room of the Madera County Board of Supervisors this week as board members held a special meeting to discuss how to confront the coming days and weeks.

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