Hundreds came out to the 2013 tree lighting ceremony at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital in Willowbrook Friday evening. The ceremony include dCompton Mayor Aja Brown, president of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science David Carlisle and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
The ceremony, hosted by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, took place in front of the newly built hospital, which is scheduled to open next year. The lighting of the “Tree of Hope” was the first public event to be held on the grounds of the brand new new medical campus that is coming to the site and served as a sneak peak of the new building.
The Medical Campus, which will host an inpatient hospital, mental health urgent care center, medical office space, residential facilities for seniors and medical interns and residents, will provide a more holistic and preventative approach to health care for local residents.