* Turnaround consultant Anthony Jones has been named interim CEO of beleaguered Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, effective early next month.
Jones, 46, and his employer, Superior Consulting, Southfield, Mich., will receive a one-year contract valued at $466,800 to fix the many clinical and administrative problems plaguing the 261-bed public hospital.
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, which took over management of the hospital in October, fired King/Drew CEO Willie May and four other top executives last month. Jones' appointment follows a litany of documented lapses in care at the hospital that have endangered patients and according to government inspectors, contributed to five deaths in the past year.
Two of the hospital's resident training programs have been terminated by a national accrediting group, and last month the federal government threatened to pull $200 million in funding to King/Drew before the hospital corrected serious flaws in the way it handled prescription drugs.