A plan to reopen a South Los Angeles hospital took a step forward as the University of California regents voted unanimously to partner with Los Angeles County to run the facility.
Plan to reopen former King/Drew hospital moves forward
Under the proposal, the hospital formerly known as Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center would reopen by 2013 under the name Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital.
The hospital would operate as a not-for-profit community facility, with an independent board and financing from the county. The University of California would provide physician services and oversee quality of care. The hospital would have 120 beds and offer emergency and inpatient services.
King/Drew shuttered inpatient care in 2007 after the CMS pulled its license because of repeated patient-care violations. The county facility was also known as King/Harbor Hospital.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger applauded the University of California vote, saying in a written statement that it is “a significant milestone toward the future reopening of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital.”
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