Construction of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is largely completed, as is work on the beautiful new Outpatient Center.
Expected to serve 1.2 million residents from all over the South Los Angeles region, including Compton, Inglewood, Watts-Willowbrook, Lynwood and beyond, the hospital, which will be privately run, is scheduled to open to the public in 2015. Final touches, including work on the new labor and delivery space is underway, and the next step is for the facilities to undergo rigorous state and federal licensing and certification requirements.
The hospital, which houses four operating rooms, 21 treatment bays and will include at least 120 patient beds, cost $285 million to build. It will be governed by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation (MLK-LA), an independent, nonprofit organization that is committed to establishing and maintaining high quality medical services in the community.
Both the Hospital and Outpatient Center were constructed with more than 50 percent local worker participation — a first for a county project of this size.
The nearby Outpatient Center, meanwhile, is near completion and is scheduled to open this spring. The Outpatient Center will have 104 exam rooms, radiology and mammogram equipment and five operating rooms and cost $175 million to build.
Both facilities anchor what will be a new medical campus that will focus on holistic, preventive care and emergency care, as well as psychiatric and mental health needs.
“This medical campus is coming together as promised, with state of the art facilities, technology and highly experienced professionals,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “This community deserves top notch health care facilities that will be looked upon as a first-rate, 21st century medical village.”