HAYWARD, CA-A state earthquake-safety law may mean two hospitals on Silicon Valley’s northern edge will be scrambling to rebuild their facilities within the coming years. St. Rose Hospital in Hayward and the Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley are both considering tearing down and rebuilding their facilities. That comes in the wake of the 1994 Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Facilities Act, which mandates that state hospitals be retrofitted and able to stand a major earthquake.

Officials at St. Rose put estimates of a total teardown and rebuild of its current inpatient care ward, which was built in 1962, between $60 and $90 million. And Eden officials say rebuilding the adult trauma unit — one of a mere two in the county — could cost as much as $150 million. Statewide, it will take an estimated $24 billion to bring hospitals into compliance with the retrofit law. Hospital officials have until the beginning of next year to assess their seismic safety and provide reports to the state.

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