April 9, 2011- Constituents and stakeholders gathered at H. Claude Conference Center at the Martin Luther King Medical Center Campus to express their hopes for the Master Plan for the new Martin Luther King Hospital. The Community Open House provided a forum for constituents to share their ideas for creating a healthy community on and around the Martin Luther King campus. “We want to show what can be done when community and others who want to see good things happen come together,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
March 8, 2011 – Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today applauded the first payment to the nonprofit entity established to manage the new Martin Luther King Hospital. In a sign that the Board of Supervisors is dedicated to preserving the autonomy of the nonprofit, the board authorized the first installment of its $50 million, five-year funding commitment.
The money will be used for start-up expenses, such as purchasing equipment and medical supplies for the new 120-bed in-patient tower scheduled to open in February 2013. Once open, the hospital will be managed by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Healthcare Corp. and staffed by University of California physicians.
“This is an exciting new model, one that portends considerable benefit for the County of Los Angeles,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “I dare say it will be replicated in other parts of the nation as it relates to public/private partnerships and pioneering healthcare vehicles for underserved communities,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.
The County’s contract with the nonprofit provides both for the autonomy of the nonprofit but also includes safeguards related to county contributions, stipulating the periodic auditing of funds.
“The board’s rights are ensconced in the agreement in such a way that transparency is preserved but the independence of the nonprofit is maximized,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.
Unprecedented Agreement Will Create Thousands of Local Jobs
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas hailed the Board of Supervisors’ decision to negotiate an historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the building trades unions to ensure the hiring of local and disadvantaged workers for a significant percentage of jobs related to construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center Replacement Project. The PLA, once approved, will guarantee the effective enactment of the project’s Local Worker Hiring policy, which was approved by the Board on October 19, 2010.
“We know that job creation will lead the way out of this economic downturn,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “By enacting a strong Project Labor Agreement for the new MLK Hospital, we are developing a tangible solution to the job crisis in our community.”
The tree lighting ceremony took place on Friday, December 10, 2010.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Multi-service Ambulatory Care Center (MACC)
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