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BOYLE HEIGHTS : County-USC Damage Reports Completed

October 23, 1994|MARY ANNE PEREZ

County officials turned over architectural and engineering reports to federal and state officials Thursday morning in hopes of receiving $1 billion in earthquake recovery money to rebuild County-USC Medical Center.

Hospital officials believe the January earthquake caused more damage to the medical center than any hospital in U.S. history has sustained from a natural disaster.

Original estimates of $400 million in damage were increased after engineers and architects closely examined the damaged buildings and took into account the work that will be needed to dismantle the 16 permanently closed buildings, said Hospital Executive Director Edward L. Martinez.

Federal and state officials are expected to respond to the request in about three weeks.

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