Powerful healthcare leaders in California are urging the University of California Regents to agree to a proposed partnership to reopen the Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Calif. health leaders urge reopening of King/Drew
In a letter to the UC Regents, they pledged to lend a hand to help reopen the facility by 2012. King/Drew closed inpatient care in 2007 after losing its contract with the CMS because of multiple patient-care violations.
The letter was signed by Benjamin Chu, president of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan; Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of the Catholic Healthcare West; Eugene Grigsby, president and CEO of the National Health Foundation; Howard Kahn, CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan; Mary Odell, president of UniHealth Foundation; and Robert Ross, president and CEO of the California Endowment.
Los Angeles County has proposed providing financial support to reopen the hospital as a private, not-for-profit facility, while asking the UC to provide physician services and set quality standards. The UC Regents have not yet voted on the proposal. The county envisions a 120-bed hospital in South Los Angeles.
Los Angeles pharmaceutical billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong has pledged a $100 million loan guaranty to underwrite the reopening of the hospital.
“The necessary elements for a successful reopening of the medical center are coming together,” said Ross, in a statement. “We’re ready to get to work as soon as the Regents say the word.”
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