Solving the problems at 249-bed Los Angeles County-King-Drew Medical Center has been delegated to Superior Consulting Co., Southfield, Mich., under a one-year, $467,000 contract with the county. Consultant Anthony Jones, 46, will become interim chief executive officer of the public hospital in early May. The county health department fired former King-Drew CEO Willie May and four other top executives last month. The contract with Superior follows several documented lapses in care that have endangered patients and, according to government inspectors, contributed to five deaths in the past year. Two of the hospital's residency programs have been terminated by a national accrediting group, and in March the federal government threatened to exclude King-Drew from Medicare and other health programs before the hospital corrected serious flaws in its handling of prescription drugs. -- by Laura B. Benko
Firm charged with repairing troubled King-Drew
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