LA County-USC hospital 'dangerously overcrowded'

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A detail of the exterior of the LAC + USC Medical Center on April 29, 2009 in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, California.

A report found that the emergency room at County-USC Medical Center was 'dangerously overcrowded' for more than 10 percent of the month of May.

The report was presented to Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Supervisor Gloria Molina represents the district County-USC is located in and says the overcrowding is a serious problem.

The new $1.02 billion hospital was built after tough seismic safety standards were passed for hospitals in the wake of the 1994 Northridge quake.

The emergency room has 40 percent more beds than the old hospital, which still stands and houses offices. But the old hospital could admit 824 patients to regular hospital beds, while the new facility has a maximum capacity of 600 patients.

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