More than seven months into the pandemic, Valley hospitals have spent millions of dollars on preparations for a surge that never developed, while seeing overall patient volume drop off. That has resulted in long-term impacts on health providers’ finances and operations.
Non-COVID patients have slowly been trickling back into area hospitals for surgeries and preventative care, but revenue is still not back to where it was in prior years, officials said.
Pacifica Hospital of the Valley, which serves the area’s most vulnerable population, spent $6.5 million on its surge plan, according to Chief Executive Precious Mayes.

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