LA Times Owner Patrick Soon-Shiong Wins Bid to Turn Shuttered Hospital into COVID-19 Command Center

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A family foundation led by the owner of the Los Angeles Times is seeking to buy the shuttered St. Vincent Medical Center in the Westlake District and turn it into a hospital for coronavirus patients and research.

The Times Thursday reported that the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation — run by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and his wife, Michele B. Chan — has offered to purchase St. Vincent out of bankruptcy for $135 million.

Soon-Shiong told the Times that he intends to create a “central command” center that would attract doctors and experts on the virus, and relieve stress on other hospitals.

“That’s what every city should have done, they should have established a central command,” Soon-Shiong said, adding that “we are in a war zone now.”

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