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Some SD Hospitals Considered Potentially Dangerous During A Quake

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Aired 11/9/10

A report from the investigative group California Watch says the state doesn't know how well hundreds of hospitals buildings would fare during an earthquake. The report reveals California only knows the seismic status of 90 structures on a target list of 700.

— A report from the investigative group California Watch says the state doesn't know how well hundreds of hospitals buildings would fare during an earthquake. The report reveals California only knows the seismic status of 90 structures on a target list of 700.

California has identified 700 hospital structures statewide as potentially dangerous during an earthquake.

Some of them are in San Diego County, including the old wing of Rady Children's Hospital.

Tim Jacoby, a Rady's vice president, said that building doesn't house patients anymore. He said their brand new wing meets all seismic requirements.

"So it's fully compliant, and all of our other buildings are fully compliant," said Jacoby. "So we're actually probably ahead of the curve."

Six structures on the target list are on the La Jolla campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital.

Don Stanziano, a vice president at Scripps, said they're in the process of evaluating all of their facilities. But he said Scripps will retrofit or replace all of its buildings by the state deadline.

California law requires all hospitals to replace or retrofit buildings by 2015. Hospitals deemed to be lower risk have until 2030 to comply with earthquake standards.

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