Loma Linda hospital gets $4.5 million in funding to reopen after two weeks on lockdown


— The hospital at the center of the federal investigation into the Los Angeles Lakers’ handling of an accident involving the death of a newborn infant was awarded $4 million Tuesday from the National Institutes of Health.

The money is part of a $3.7 billion package that includes $1.9 billion in funding for cancer research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced.

“Today’s announcement will help us better understand how to deliver the best care to patients, families and communities, said Dr. Michael A. C. Katz, NIH director and chief executive officer.

We are pleased that we can continue to work with the Lakers organization to develop new approaches to deliver best care for all our patients,” Katz said in a statement.

The $3 billion package also includes $400 million in support of the LA Lakers Foundation for Children, and $500,000 to expand the Lakers Youth Health Foundation, the Los Loma News reported.

Lakers officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment.