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Plans to reopen Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in South L.A. move forward

Kinghospital The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formally approved an agreement with the University of California that is expected to reopen Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in the South Los Angeles area.

Tuesday’s action permits county Chief Executive Officer William T Fujioka to work with the university system to create a private nonprofit facility, known as HospitalCo, that will run the hospital, which is expected to open in 2013. It will be smaller than it was before, operating at 120 beds instead of 233.

Under the agreement, the county will supply the building and financial support for the hospital in Willowbrook, south of Watts. UC is responsible for providing a chief medical officer and physicians and working with accrediting agencies to reestablish a teaching program at King.

The next step will be for the county and university to appoint members of a board of directors to supervise HospitalCo. Two will be appointed by the county, two by the university, and three jointly by the two entities.
The arrangement will make the new King unique among county hospitals, being run by an independent authority and overseen by a board of directors whose members will each have at least 10 years of experience in healthcare. In contrast, the other four county hospitals are run by the county Department of Health Services, which is overseen by Fujioka, who, in turn, reports to the Board of Supervisors.

The county-run Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, previously known as King/Drew, shut down its emergency room and inpatient services in 2007 after years of patient-care and other problems.

The hospital served a population that is one of the neediest in the county – primarily low-income people living in the inner-city who have limited access to healthcare services.

The UC Board of Regents is expected to review the agreement later this week.

“This agreement is great news for the people of South Los Angeles who are looking forward to the new hospital providing the quality health care they deserve,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II reporting from the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration

Photo:Outpatients and family members of those receiving care wait outside Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center in November 2009. Plans call for it to reopen as a hospital by 2013. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

 
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There was just an article a few days ago in the L.A. Times about the shortage of County hospital beds at Harbor UCLA, L.A. County USC and Olive View, and now if MLK is reopening it will re-open at half the capacity it used to have? What's the point of that? Also, why does it take another 3 years till it re-opens? These County beds are desperately needed in this area.

There was just an article a few days ago in the L.A. Times about the shortage of County hospital beds at Harbor UCLA, L.A. County USC and Olive View, and now if MLK is reopening it will re-open at half the capacity it used to have? What's the point of that? Also, why does it take another 3 years till it re-opens? These County beds are desperately needed in this area.

Yeah right. I give it 1 year until the issues with incompetent staff, nepotism, and corruption start all over again.

I pray that I never have to be admitted there!

I wonder if they have to paid King Inc for using Martin Luther King Jr. name

http://gawker.com/5216918/martin-luther-king-jrs-children-are-shameless-greedy-shakedown-artists

I wonder if they have to paid King Inc for using Martin Luther King Jr. name

http://gawker.com/5216918/martin-luther-king-jrs-children-are-shameless-greedy-shakedown-artists

first of all, this hospital is in a MAJORITY hispanic area. change the name to CHAVEZ HOSPITAL.

Opening King again will only work if there are real reforms in the hiring and firing process for the hospitals staff. Fair, final and rapid firing of staff that can't or won't do the job according to real standards that are enforced, that's the key to success of a new King.

Anyone care to bet that there is not enough courage to take on that challenge.

It doesn't matter what the name of the hospital is as long as the citizens of the community have access to a local hospital. If race was the case, then rename all County run hospitals to an hispanic name since hispanics are the MAJORITY. Now that would be racist. The last time i looked around,LA County is very diverse. If it wasn't for the MAJORITY, County hospitals wouldn't be in the mess their in now.

Sure, kuruc. They'll do that after we rename all the streets, schools, and hospitals named after caucasian men and replace them with latino names. Which would be never. And if such an effort were to occur I'm sure you'd join Beck and Limbaugh crying about reverse racism.

I am glad that they would open the hospital. They should have a better system on the hiring process. I also wish it was a big bigger. This is North of Compton, which is not in South LA, it would be beneficial for the whole community in general. North of the hospital like a street or so, it is 105 freeway, after that it is a real bad city. I hope that the city of Los Angeles invest in Watts too.

Just 120 beds? Even a hotel has more rooms.


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