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Martin Luther King Jr Community Hospital Opens May 14th

Posted by Ine Collins, Healthcare Systems Policy Analyst on May 13th, 2015
Photo Credit: www.mlkcommunityhospital.org

After eight years since the Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in South Los Angeles closed due to quality of care issues, the new MLK Community Hospital is finally opening on Thursday May 14, 2015. Prior to opening the hospital's inpatient services, the MLK campus has gradually opened an outpatient center and maintained preventative and community-based services throughout the years. The hospital will be undergoing a phased opening while completing its Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Joint Commission certification process. There will be six labor and delivery beds, eight ob/gyn beds, 20 med surg beds, and 10 Intensive Care Unit beds for the first phase of the opening. Every 60 days the hospital will open 20% more beds until November 2015 at which point they will be fully opened. The new hospital is smaller than the original hospital that once had 450 general acute care beds compared to the new hospital with a total of 131 beds. The emergency department is set to open in July, though there are no plans for it to include a trauma center which has been a point of contention for local residents and health advocates. However, DHS completed an analysis about what it would require to develop a trauma center at MLK in the event that the trauma center at St. Francis Medical Center, the only trauma center in South Los Angeles, closed due to its impending sale. Though the hospital has no plans for a trauma center, cardiac catheterization lab, or neonatal intensive care unit, the re-opening marks an important step forward in addressing the astounding shortage of healthcare resources in South Los Angeles, a historically under-resourced and disadvantaged community.

For more information, please contact Community Health Councils' Policy Analyst, Ine Collins at ine@chc-inc.org


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