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L.A. County to nominate seven to board of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital

August 5, 2010 |  2:46 pm

Los Angeles county leaders are expected to announce Thursday seven candidates for the new board of directors of the nonprofit Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, according to a statement supplied in advance to The Times.

The nominees are being jointly recommended to county supervisors by the county’s chief executive, William T Fujioka, and John D. Stobo, University of California senior vice president for health sciences and services. Supervisors could vote on the list as soon as next week.

Each nominee has at least a decade of experience in healthcare, business or law. They are expected to be approved by the Board of Supervisors at its meeting next Tuesday.

Upon appointment by the Board of Supervisors and UC regents, the board of directors will oversee operations of the new hospital, scheduled to open in 2013.

"The board of directors will assume total responsibility for one of the most important tasks in health service delivery in L.A. County, the opening and operation of the new private, nonprofit MLK Hospital, in partnership with the UC," Fujioka said in the statement. "The board nominees have our highest confidence. They will have our utmost support as they embark on their board's mission to bring quality health, emergency care and hospital services to the people of South Los Angeles."

Stobo and Fujioka could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

The nominees are:

Manuel A. Abascal, a partner in the litigation department at Los Angeles-based Latham and Watkins, who has represented many nonprofit hospitals and hospital systems.

Dr. Elaine Batchlor, chief medical officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, a public health plan with 800,000 members. Board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, she oversees the plan's community investment program, health information technology efforts and culture and linguistic services.

Linda Griego, president and chief executive of Griego Enterprises, Inc., a business management company she founded in 1986. She is also a longtime trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among the country's largest healthcare philanthropies. Griego serves on the advisory board of the UCLA Women's Health Center and has served on the board of directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the Rand Compare Committee on Health.

Paul King, president and chief executive, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Medical Group, a 400-physician pediatric multi-specialty group affiliated with USC Medical School.

Michael Madden, retired former chief executive of Providence Healthcare of Southern California.

Dr. Robert Margolis, managing partner and chief executive, HealthCare Partners, a multi-specialty medical group with more than 2,500 affiliated physicians in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Margolis has served as the chairman of the board of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, chairman of the board of California Medical Center, and a board member of Catholic Healthcare West, Southern California, serving on the strategic planning committee.

James Yoshioka, retired former president and chief executive, Citrus Valley Health Partners, a three-hospital system in the San Gabriel Valley with affiliated services such as hospice and home health.

The new 120-bed hospital will have an emergency room and provide more than 30,000 annual patient visits, 10,000 annual outpatient visits, according to the statement.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske