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With Measure H Approval, A New Era Begins For Tulare Regional Medical Center

About a month ago, in mid-October, Tulare Regional Medical Center was in the middle of a makeover. In less than a week, it was due to reopen, after closing abruptly a year earlier due to mismanagement. New pavement was still drying and workers in forklifts were painting the whole building a uniform beige. Inside, beds were full of patients—fake patients. Doctors and nurses were running mock drills in the emergency room. “We’ve tested your blood sugar, and it’s going to be in the lab results,” lulled nurse Rick Albert to another nurse, who was pretending to be a car crash victim named Jane. “So just breathe deeply, Jane. Relax the pain away.” Albert and “Jane” were having some fun, but they knew these drills were serious. They’re a chance to test emergency responses, as well as equipment and procedures. They were practicing because they had to be ready for patients just a few days later, on October 15, when Tulare Regional finally reopened. Then, last week, voters overwhelmingly
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