Hospitals Work to Cope With Closure

By BRAD SMITH
Staff Reporter

The decision by San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West to close the San Fernando Valley's oldest hospital by the end of the year will increase the patient load on neighboring hospitals, but the facilities are trying to make the transition as smooth as possible and the closure could actually help nearby Valley Presbyterian Hospital.

CHW, which has owned the Sherman Way campus of the Northridge Hospital Medical Center, the former Valley Hospital in Van Nuys, for a decade, will transfer some of its business to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, also a CHW facility...

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