Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital

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Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital
Martin Luther King Jr. – Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation (MLK-LA)
Geography
Location 1680 120th Street
Willowbrook, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
Organisation
Care system Private, Nonprofit
Funding Government hospital
Hospital type Community
Affiliated university University of California, Los Angeles
Services
Beds 130
History
Founded 2013, opened 2015
Links
Website www.mlkcommunityhospital.org
Lists Hospitals in U.S.

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital or by the abbreviation MLK-LA, is a 131-bed public community hospital in the Willowbrook neighborhood of southern Los Angeles County, California. [1] It was planned and designed to especially serve the surrounding South Los Angeles communities' needs, including those of underinsured or uninsured patients. It is jointly operated by UCLA.[2]

The new hospital opened on 7 July 2015, [3] in a new US$208,500,000 building.[4][5] The hospital on the site of the former Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center, originally named the Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, known as King/Drew. The adjacent Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center opened in a new building in 2014. [6]

History[edit]

The closure of Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (King/Drew) in 2007, due to revocation of federal funding after the hospital failed a comprehensive review by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had immediate ramifications in the South Los Angeles area, which was left without a major hospital providing indigent care.[7][8] In 2009, the County of Los Angeles successfully negotiated with the University of California to reach a compromise, whereby the County would provide funding for construction of a replacement hospital, and the UC system would provide physician staffing.[8] A nonprofit foundation, the Martin Luther King Jr. – Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation, was established to administer the hospital.[8]

Administration[edit]

The hospital is administered by Martin Luther King Jr. – Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation (MLK-LA), a private, nonprofit organization.[2] The County of Los Angeles provided the capital funds for construction, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) health care system will provide professional services and staffing.[2]

Operations[edit]

The hospital provides general acute care, basic emergency services, labor and delivery services, health education and outreach programs, along with other services typically provided by community hospitals, including radiology, laboratory and blood bank services.[2]

In August 2012, MLK-LA's Board appointed Elaine Batchlor, a physician and former Chief Medical Officer for L.A. Care Health Plan, as the hospital's first Chief Executive Officer.[9][10]

Transportation[edit]

The hospital has walking distance access to the Metro Blue Line and Metro Green Line stations, as well as Gardena Transit and LADOT DASH buses.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mlkcommunityhospital.org: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital . accessed 7.7.2015
  2. ^ a b c d "Frequently Asked Questions". Martin Luther King Jr. – Los Angeles (MLK–LA) Healthcare Corporation. 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  3. ^ LA Times: "A new beginning for MLK hospital and the community", 6 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Approve Resolution for Reimbursement of Expenditures for the Multiservice Ambulatory Care Center/Ancillary Building (C.P. 70497) and the Inpatient Tower Renovation (C.P. 88945) Projects at Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center" (PDF). Chief Executive Office. County of Los Angeles. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "MLK Hospital Construction Nears Completion". Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. County of Los Angeles. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Los Angeles County Department of Health Services: Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center website . accessed 7.7.2015
  7. ^ Charles Ornstein, Tracy Weber and Jack Leonard, King-Harbor fails final check, will close soon, Los Angeles Times, August 11, 2007.
  8. ^ a b c Sample, Herbert A. (23 December 2012). "New MLK hospital rising in LA". California Health Report. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Health plan chief to head Martin Luther King Jr. hospital". Los Angeles Times. August 27, 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "New MLK Community Hospital Appoints Dr. Elaine Batchlor as Chief Executive Officer". Business Wire. August 27, 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 

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Coordinates: 33°55′24″N 118°14′37″W / 33.923229°N 118.243737°W / 33.923229; -118.243737