Save the Date: Dedication Ceremony on August 7

The hospital is part of the MLK Medical Campus, which includes a new Outpatient Center, a Mental Health Urgent Care Center and the Center for Public Health. Soon, the campus will also have a community garden, recuperative care center, a new child medical hub and many more services. The Medical Campus delivers on a promise to bring quality, preventive health care delivery to South Los Angeles residents.

To view a 60-second sizzle reel highlighting MLK Campus, click here.  Below is a timeline marking important events for the medical campus from 1965 to the present.

MLK History Timeline

Ramping Up Healthcare in South LA

Lynwood Clinic Dedication Ceremony

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas meets one of the youngest patients at Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center in Lynwood

Thousands of families across South Los Angeles now have better access to healthcare, thanks to the new Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center that recently opened in Lynwood.

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Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas with Eisner President and CEO Herb Schultz

“We don’t turn people away, whether or not they have the ability to pay,” Eisner President and CEO Herb Schultz said during the clinic’s recent dedication ceremony. “We want to help individuals from birth until their later years with their healthcare needs.”

Located at 3660 E. Imperial Highway, the clinic offers comprehensive medical, dental, mental health and case management services in a new 7,200 sq. ft. building that previously housed only a small private practice. It currently has nine examination rooms, two procedure rooms and two dental suites, but is adding more.

With the expansion, the number of patients will grow in number from 1,000 to 4,000 – but that’s just the beginning. The location has the physical capacity to eventually serve as many as 13,000 patients.

The clinic will also provide case management services, linking patients with county departments and community providers who can help them secure food, housing, transportation, legal aid, and other necessities.

“This clinic brings healthcare and other services where they’re most needed, ” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said, noting this part of Los Angeles County has a high concentration of health concerns – from asthma to diabetes to heart disease – and a low concentration of health providers.

HS5_4934That scenario, however, is about to change, and not just because of the new clinic. This summer, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is poised to open in Willowbrook, replacing King/Drew Medical Center which has been closed for the last eight years.

Eisner will have a role at MLK, providing labor and delivery doctors and nurses for the new hospital, which is part of a sprawling campus that includes an outpatient center, public health clinic, psychiatric urgent care center and recuperative care center, among other facilities.

“Preventive healthcare is coming to this part of the county in a significant way,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “This clinic and the MLK Medical Campus are poised to bring our residents first-rate health care and services that are needed.”

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Accountability After Safety Violations at Crenshaw/LAX Project

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In response to a motion by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted Thursday to investigate whether the contractor hired to build the $2-billion Crenshaw-LAX Line is in breach of contract after safety violations resulted in injuries to workers and placed others at risk.

The safety violations came as Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors began ramping up work on the 8.5-mile rail line that is expected to have a daily ridership of 13,000-16,000 upon completion in 2019. Metro responded to the safety violations by issuing an unprecedented order to shut down construction over a four-day period in early April, resuming work only after the immediate hazards had been corrected.

“It strikes me that if there is a cultural, fundamental or endemic problem here, we cannot ignore it,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said at Thursday’s Metro Board meeting. “We cannot run this sort of risk.”

The Supervisor’s motion, which passed with unanimous support from the board, called for:

  • auditing the Metro procurement process that awarded Walsh-Shea the Crenshaw/LAX contract;
  • checking if Walsh-Shea – instead of Metro – should assume the $400,000 cost of hiring additional safety inspectors;
  • directing Metro’s incoming CEO Phillip Washington to submit a corrective action plan in 30 days addressing safety issues; and
  • directing Metro lawyers to explore whether Walsh-Shea was in breach of contract when it failed to ensure the well-being of workers at the construction site.

Two workers have sustained leg fractures during construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line, Metro Executive Director of Risk and Safety Management Greg Kildare told the Metro Board.

Metro safety inspectors also criticized Walsh-Shea over improper rigging on a crane, improper guardrails around an open excavation, and gasoline in an underground area where flammable liquids are banned. The incident that prompted the temporary suspension of all construction on the project from April 9-13 was a worker striking a utility line with a jackhammer, causing an electrical short.

Weighing In on Civilian Oversight of the Sheriff’s Department

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A town hall meeting on a Civilian Oversight Commission for the Sheriff’s Department.

Amid mounting concern across the country about law enforcement practices and use of force, a panel appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors met with members of the public in Exposition Park on Monday to hear their suggestions for making the Sheriff’s Department more accountable to the people it serves.

_MG_6756“The working group is committed to soliciting the broadest range of public input in fashioning its recommendations for the board,” said Vincent Harris, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ appointee to the panel tasked with recommending the powers and responsibilities of a soon-to-be-created Civilian Oversight Commission.

The town hall meeting at the supervisor’s Exposition Park district office drew about 80 people, most of whom responded with a show of hands when asked whether they would support greater civilian oversight of the Sheriff’s Department.

“The Civilian Oversight Commission should be able to comment, analyze, and weigh in on the Sheriff’s Department’s operations,” said Mark-Anthony Johnson of Dignity and Power Now, a community organization that advocates for people behind bars, as well as their families and their communities.

Skid Row community activist Jeff Page said the commission should be granted subpoena powers to ensure investigations are thorough.

“This commission has to have credibility to actually make action happen, and subpoena power is something that would make this commission viable,” he said. “That way it’s more than a token social group that can just field questions and entertain comments from the public about questionable activities by the Sheriff’s Department.”

_MG_6728The board voted in December 2014 to create a Citizen’s Oversight Commission after a blue ribbon panel called for reforms within the Sheriff’s Department.

It appointed the working group to hash out details such as the commission’s mandate, authority, and number of members. The working group scheduled nine town hall meetings across Los Angeles County in April to hear public testimony on the subject, before submitting its final recommendations to the board.

You can examine the working group’s draft recommendations and analysis, and weigh in by emailing comments to commserve@bos.lacounty.gov.

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From left: Roger Granbo, Max Huntsman, Vincent Harris, Neal Tyler, Hernan Vera and Les Robbins

 

Off Limits to Sexual Harassment

Too many Metro travelers have experienced some form of sexual harassment over the last six months, including unwanted touching, indecent exposure and/or inappropriate comments.  And so, to bring attention to the problem, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has launched a campaign against sexual harassment in the public transit system.

“Metro’s buses, trains and stations are off limits to sexual harassment,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who will take over as chairman of the Metro Board of Directors in July. “Our passengers must be kept safe, not only from hazards on the road but those on board.”

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Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas, Sheila Kuehl and Michael Antonovich take a stand against sexual harassment in public transit

 

Metro partnered with Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit sexual and domestic violence prevention center, to launch It’s Off Limits, a 30-second public service announcement for television, as well as billboards and posters on buses, trains and stations.

“Perpetrators of sexual crimes often continue their assaults if they are not caught, sometimes becoming bolder and violent,” Peace Over Violence executive director Patti Giggans warned. “Reporting the crime means the assaulter can be caught before he victimizes other women and girls.”

Metro and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department set up a hotline, 1-888-950 SAFE (1-888-950-7233), and updated the smartphone app LA Metro Transit Watch to make it easy for passengers to report incidents they experience or witness during their commute.

Sheriff’s Department’s Transit Policing Chief Ronine Anda urged passengers not to remain silent about sexual harassment.

“Metro is like a moving city with about 400,000 residents on a typical weekday,” she added. “Imagine riding in a place with 400,000 pairs of eyes looking out for their neighbors and cooperating to make conditions as safe as possible.”

The Transit Watch app has a feature allowing passengers to surreptitiously take photos of a suspect without activating their smartphone’s flash. Once a report is filed, complete with a description of the suspect and details of when and where the incident happened, deputies can review footage from video cameras mounted on most buses and trains, and use those as evidence for prosecution.

“If you see it, report it. If you’re experiencing it, report it,” Supervisor Sheila Kuehl urged passengers. “With your help, we can do something about this issue.”

Also present at the event were Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Metro board members Ara Najarian and Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, and Metro interim deputy chief executive officer Stephanie Wiggins.

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