Veteran Affairs Hospital of Southern California (VAHS) has declared that it will not be closing its doors on Oct. 26, despite growing pressure from congressional Republicans who are pressing the agency to close.
A VA spokesman on Friday said the hospital has not decided what to do, but said it will be a “long-term” decision.
“As a result of the ongoing Congressional hearings, it’s clear that VAHS needs to be able to meet its long-term needs,” the spokesman, Pete Bongiovanni, said in an email.
“We have made the determination that VA is not going to close on October 26.
We have taken this decision for a long-duration strategic planning purpose.
As a result, VAHS will remain open for VA and its employees.”VAHS has been in bankruptcy since April 2013 and has faced financial troubles since that time.
The agency is the second-largest VA facility in the country after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The hospital was founded in 1952 and has a total of more than 2,500 veterans hospitals, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Its primary hospital is in San Diego.
The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Los Angeles has about 1,500 patients and another 1,200 in California.