Hospital Opens Its Doors to Local Prisoners

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    Oceanside's Tri-City Medical Center is opening its doors to a new type of patient - state prisoners.

    The hospital recently entered into an agreement with the state of California to treat prisoners from the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near Otay Mesa, the North County Times is reporting.

    The contract went into effect on Jan. 1, the paper said.

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    Some prisoners might get the boot.

    The hospital will dedicate an entire floor to the prisoners and plans to train medical personnel how to work with inmates, the paper said.

    No word on how much revenue this will bring to the struggling hospital. Tri-City is hurting for business after losing a contract with a major doctors group left the hospital, the paper reports.

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    Donovan State Prison was built for 2200 inmates. The population now stands at more than 4800. Some inmates are even housed in a cramped gymnasium.

    The hospital is licensed for 397 beds, but according to the NCT, Tri-City averages 184 patients each day.