The California Endowment made 10 recommendations to save Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, including the appointment of one chief executive officer to manage both the 249-bed county hospital and its affiliated medical school. Unified management would eliminate "finger-pointing" and poor coordination between Los Angeles County and private Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, which oversees doctor-training programs at King/Drew, according to a committee's report for the healthcare philanthropy. Among other recommendations, the report advised creating a hospital advisory board independent of county supervisors; strengthening the university's board; fostering a partnership between the hospital and its surrounding community; and establishing an institute to develop new models of urban healthcare.
Regulators have repeatedly faulted King/Drew for poor patient care and mismanagement, and earlier this week, Los Angeles County said it would fine the university up to $20,000 for failing to meet some contract terms. Download a PDF of the report. -- by Laura B. Benko