Closure threat looms over small, rural Coalinga hospital

COALINGA — Inside his barber shop on Coalinga's main street, Mayor Ron Lander snips and buzzes hair as the conversation turns to the city's hospital and the threat of closure hanging over it.

His 97-year-old mother- in-law would have died of internal bleeding except for the hospital emergency department, he says. Now she is one of dozens of residents in the hospital's nursing home, and he wonders what would become of all the patients without the hospital.  Read more here.

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