FUTURE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOSPITAL COMES DOWN TO VOTE BY UC REGENTS

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Much anticipated vote will culminate 18 months of discussion about a partnership to restore quality medical services to underserved residents of South Los Angeles

The University of California Board of Regents on Thursday will meet at Covel Commons on the UCLA campus to consider a proposed agreement with the County of Los Angeles to provide medical services at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital.

The much-anticipated vote will culminate more than 18 months of discussion with the UC about a partnership to restore quality medical services to underserved residents of South Los Angeles with a state-of-the-art facility on the site of the closed MLK Medical Center.

Due to public safety concerns, more than 400 people scheduled to be bused to UCLA Thursday for the University of California Regents’ vote on a proposed agreement with the County of Los Angeles to provide physician medical services at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital, will now gather at the hospital site, 12021 Wilmington Ave., Los Angeles 90059.

The buses are scheduled to begin arriving at the MLK site at 8:30 a.m. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will travel to the MLK site after the Regents’ vote to speak to a rally of hospital supporters at about 11:30 a.m. in the Claude Hudson Auditorium.

WHEN:

Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 8:30 a.m. – Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. The Committee on Health Services will hear the item around 9:15 a.m.

LOCATION:

UCLA’s Covel Commons, 200 De Neve Drive on the UCLA campus (Map)

NOTE:

Immediately following the UC Regents’ vote, a press conference with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, UC President Mark Yudof and California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass will take place in West Coast Room 315 of Covel Commons.