Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital Street Naming Contest: Winner Announced

The people have spoken!  The street leading to the new Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital will be named “Healthy Way.” Healthy Way, proposed by Yolonda Simmons, received 370 out of 776 votes — a whopping 48%. In second place was Charles R. Drew Drive, with 202 votes, and King-Drew Avenue, with 56 came in third. Congratulations to Simmons , a resident of Inglewood, for choosing a name that resonated with so many people. “Healthy Way” communicates that a person driving on the road leading to and from the hospital will be embarking on a healthier way of life. The street-naming poll spanned two months, and I was both pleased and moved to see so many people participating in the opportunity to name this historic street. The construction and ultimate completion of the new hospital is proceeding well and is only three to four months off its original schedule with the building scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2013 and its opening, in 2014.

Simmons will be presented a certificate of appreciation at a Board of Supervisors meeting in January 2013 and also invited to attend the official naming of the street. Thank you again to everyone who submitted a name and/or voted. Although the contest has ended, I hope that you are still just as excited for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital to open as I am. — MRT

What is your favorite street name?

  • Healthy Way (48%, 370 Votes)
  • Charles R. Drew Drive (26%, 202 Votes)
  • King-Drew Avenue (7%, 56 Votes)
  • Leonard Deadwyler Drive (7%, 53 Votes)
  • Healing Way (5%, 41 Votes)
  • Wellness Court (5%, 35 Votes)
  • Community Wellness Court (2%, 16 Votes)
  • Safe Harbor Way (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 776

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What’s in a street name?

A name can tell the history of a city or a nation. It can honor leaders who improved lives, fought for human rights, educated children, greened a community or inspired generations. Martin Luther King Boulevard, Cesar Chavez Way, Pico Boulevard, Lincoln Boulevard—these names remind us that ordinary people do extraordinary things. Street names can also reveal the aspirations of a community. For example, Los Angeles residents living on Charity Street in the 1800s, found the name degrading. After successfully petitioning the city, they changed the name to Grand Avenue.

So have some fun. Tell us what matters to you, your community and your hopes for the new hospital – In this context, that’s what is in a name.

Submission Form – Now Closed

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas released his top five choices on November 6 for a final vote by you.

[faq title=”Click here for the rest of the rules and timeline.”] Phase 1: A Call for Names (October 2 – October 12)

Entries will be accepted from October 1 to October 12. There is no limit to the number of suggestions that can be made.


1. Wellness Way

I believe that this hospital represents health and wellness in our community. Good health is about more than getting medical care, it’s a lifestyle. The street name Wellness Way will remind everyone that this hospital is committed to providing excellent medical services in the hopes of improving the health of our community.

2. Abernathy Ave

Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Sr. was a passionate civil rights leader and minister. Honoring the spirit of the hospital, he was a close associate of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The Fine Print

Please be sure to keep the following Department of Public Works street naming policies in mind when making your suggestions:

    1. Historic names and names that refer to geographic features are encouraged.
    2. Streets may not be named after a business or to honor a living person
    3. Keep it short: Names can’t exceed 18 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
    4. Compound names are discouraged.

After Phase 1 is closed, the list will be sent to the Department of Public Works to disqualify any names already in use by Los Angeles County.

Phase 2: Voting on the Top 5 Choices (November 6 – December 1)

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas will select his top five choices and those names will be posted for a final round of voting. Voting will take place from November 6 through November 28, 2012. The top vote-getter wins.

Phase 3: Official Street Naming

The winning street name will be announced and printed on street signs and road maps. The writer or writers of the winning submission will be invited to participate in the official street naming ceremony and be awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Supervisor.