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September 17, 1989
The Sept. 3rd article on King Hospital was racist and slanted. Having used its services in the past, I found the hospital staff to be very dedicated, concerned, and competent. True, the death rate at the hospital might be slightly higher than at other area hospitals, but you have to take into account the traumatic types of injuries (gunshot wounds, stabbings, etc.) that the hospital receives. STEPHANYE M. BOLTON Long Beach
August 20, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Los Angeles County leaders on Tuesday approved $29 million in new spending on the rebuilding of a hospital in South Los Angeles, bringing the total price tag of the long-awaited Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital to $281.4 million. The funding will pay for “unforeseen” problems in the inpatient tower, such as bringing utilities up to seismic codes and rebuilding deteriorating sewer pipes. Some of the money could be used to fund overtime and weekend work to meet the Oct. 31 deadline to complete construction of the hospital, which is scheduled to begin accepting patients in late 2014 or early 2015.
March 15, 2009 | Cathleen Decker
Hope and despair have always resided side by side in South Los Angeles, and the hospital complex named for Martin Luther King Jr. has evinced both. It was forced into existence in the tense aftermath of the Watts riots, and nothing has been easy since.
December 1, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Earlier this year, Joane Austin rushed her elderly mother to the emergency room for fear she was having a heart attack. Austin normally would have made the short trip to Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, the landmark hospital in South Los Angeles. But King/Drew has been closed for five years, so Austin drove several miles to the emergency room at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood. "I prayed all the lights would stay green," she said. "It was scary. " Once they arrived, doctors determined that Austin's mother needed emergency surgery to remove scar tissue around her intestines.
September 20, 1989
Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday scheduled a closed-door meeting for next week to discuss a possible personnel shake-up at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center in response to what they described as "reports of poor administration and substandard patient care" at the county-run hospital in Watts.
The Army, in an effort to ready young surgeons to treat war casualties, is sending doctors to work in the trauma unit at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center in Watts, which receives most of Los Angeles County's gang shooting victims. Two Army residents recently finished two-month tours of duty at King. And under an agreement expected to be approved by county supervisors today, the Army will send four more surgeons, from medical centers in Texas and Colorado, to King beginning next year.
September 22, 1989 | CLAIRE SPIEGEL, Times Staff Writer
A new, confidential report prepared by the state Department of Health Services details health-care deficiencies at Martin Luther King Jr./ Drew Medical Center, echoing last week's scathing state report on the institution, which cited serious lapses in patient care, administration and quality assurance.
January 16, 1986 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
In the first large-scale medical review of effects of the Taser electric stun gun, doctors at Martin Luther King Jr. General Hospital say the weapon is impressively safe and may have saved many of the 218 people on whom it was used by Los Angeles Police Department officers. The review included detailed examination of the cases of all 218 people brought to King after they were hit by Taser darts between 1980, when the weapon was first deployed by the LAPD, and late last year.
July 21, 2011 | By Jocelyn Y. Stewart
Lillian Mobley, a prominent community activist who fought to establish and keep open the doors of Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center and pushed to create a companion medical school, has died. She was 81. Mobley, who had been in failing health for the last few years, died Monday at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, said her son Kenneth. She was "without a doubt the most accomplished and successful community activist South Los Angeles has ever had," according to a statement by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles)
August 26, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy and Patrick McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
A plan to crack down on paparazzi who drive recklessly in pursuit of celebrities is moving through the Legislature despite heated opposition from media organizations as lawmakers approach next week's deadline for advancing bills to the governor's desk. As the paparazzi bill neared a floor vote Wednesday, the full Senate and Assembly gave approval to dozens of other measures. Proposals to help finance operation of a new private hospital to replace the closed Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, make public the names of businesses that receive state tax breaks and fine minors who ski or snowboard without a helmet all got final legislative approval.
August 6, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Seven nominees for the new board of directors of the private, nonprofit Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital were announced by Los Angeles County's chief executive and University of California officials Thursday, the latest step toward reopening the hospital in 2013. All of the nominees have more than a decade of experience in healthcare, business or law. The nominees: —Manuel A. Abascal, a partner at Los Angeles-based Latham & Watkins —Dr. Elaine Batchlor, chief medical officer of L.A. Care Health Plan —Linda Griego, president and chief executive of Los Angeles-based Griego Enterprises Inc. and a former Los Angeles deputy mayor —Paul King, president and chief executive of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group —Michael Madden, a retired former chief executive of Providence Healthcare of Southern California —Dr.
June 7, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Caffie Greene, a longtime community activist who played a key role in the effort to bring a major hospital to South Los Angeles after the 1965 Watts riots, died Tuesday at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. She was 91 and had a number of ailments, including pneumonia and heart failure, said her daughter, Penny Greene. Greene belonged to a formidable group of mothers from Watts who became a grass-roots force for community improvement after the riots, which left 34 people dead and more than 1,000 injured.
December 2, 2009 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
In the latest step toward creating a new Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, Los Angeles County supervisors unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday to partner with the UC Board of Regents to reopen the hospital by 2013. "This is going to be a good partnership for them and, more importantly, for the clients we serve," Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. The regents voted Nov. 19 to approve the agreement and provide 14 to 20 full-time physicians in addition to medical oversight for the proposed inpatient hospital.
November 23, 2009 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
With Los Angeles County supervisors expected to sign off next week on plans to partner with the University of California to reopen the Martin Luther King Jr. medical facility, the hard work -- creating a new hospital from the ashes of the old by 2013 -- begins. In many respects, the partnership with UC would wipe the slate clean, creating a nonprofit company overseen by a seven-member board of directors who would decide how to run the facility and whom to hire -- a key issue to critics who cite the county's poor history of dealing with problematic employees at the Willowbrook hospital.
October 29, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles pharmaceutical billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong announced plans Wednesday to provide University of California regents with a $100-million guaranty underwriting the county's latest proposal to reopen long-troubled Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital by 2012. County officials have expressed misgivings about Soon-Shiong's efforts to reopen the hospital in the past. But he said the funding from his family foundation comes "with no strings attached" and is intended to reassure university officials hesitant to reopen the hospital.
September 18, 2009 | Larry Gordon
A delegation of Los Angeles County political, business and labor leaders were in San Francisco on Thursday to urge the University of California to become a partner in reopening the Martin Luther King Jr. hospital in Willowbrook, near Watts, by 2012. Speaking to UC's governing board, the county officials offered strengthened plans to protect UC financially and tried to allay fears among the regents that the university might get too enmeshed in county politics. The regents are expected to vote in November on a plan to jointly reestablish the hospital, which was closed to in-patient services two years ago after repeated failures to provide adequate care, and errors that resulted in deaths.
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