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Achieving the Vision: Healthcare Options for Los Angeles County

Report Provides New Vision for L.A. County Healthcare Safety Net; Emphasis on Financial Sustainability and Quality Improvement

The Reopening of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital a Focus of the Report

A new report (PDF) released today by the Los Angeles Healthcare Options Task Force recommends that L.A. County should form a Healthcare Planning Commission to capitalize upon imminent opportunities to improve the quality of care and financial stability of the county healthcare safety-net system. The report lays out a vision of a reengineered safety net of health services for the residents of Los Angeles County.

“The unfortunate realities of the economic downturn mean that business as usual in healthcare simply cannot be sustained,” said Woodrow A. Myers, MD, MBA, Managing Director, Myers Ventures, LLC, who also serves as the chair of the Los Angeles Healthcare Options Task Force. “The integrated healthcare delivery model the Task Force has put forth is not just a wish list, it is a fiscal imperative.”

The Task Force – comprised of local prominent leaders in healthcare, public health, business and labor – included a focus on South L.A. and the reopening of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, a critical part of the safety net in LA.

“MLK Hospital must be embedded in a strong countywide system in order to be successful,” added Myers.

The report not only presents a vision for a high-quality, financially sound public safety-net healthcare delivery system supported by public-private partnerships, but also provides recommendations for turning the vision into a reality.

“I commend the Los Angeles Healthcare Options Taskforce for the development of this comprehensive vision for transforming the Los Angeles County healthcare safety-net system,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd district. “In response, I am moving forward with a motion to have the County CEO and the Acting Director of the Department of Health Services report back to the Board of Supervisors in 60 days on the extent to which any of the recommendations in the report should be implemented.”

Also see:

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ Board motion (PDF)
Achieving the Vision Report (PDF)

Applications For New Clinic Sites In South L.A. Being Accepted

Approximately $15 million is targeted for South L.A. over next three years

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today announced that applications are being accepted for the County’s clinic expansion project.

The Supervisor voted in February for the initiative to create and support new clinic sites in underserved areas of the county. The “Clinic Capacity Expansion Project” is intended to provide funds for infrastructure projects – including new construction, renovations, and equipment – to new and existing community health clinics in high-need areas.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services’ (DHS) has released Request for Applications (RFA) for the project.

“I am urging new and existing eligible applicants as are encouraged to apply for this project, as it presents a huge funding opportunity for free and low-cost community clinics, particularly those serving South Los Angeles,“ Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

These one-time only funds, he added, have been allocated to increase capacity in areas of the County with the least amount of existing resources so that applicants can take advantage of other new funding opportunities to sustain their operations.

All projects funded as part of the RFA must be completed within two years of the effective date of the agreement. The Department of Health Services will be responsible for administering the agreements, which result from this application process.

The deadline to submit RFAs is 4 p.m. on May 27, 2009. An Eligible Applicants Conference is scheduled for April 13, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Health Services Administration Auditorium, 313 N. Figueroa St. , Los Angeles , CA 90012.

The Department of Health Services strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend the Eligible Applicants Conference, as this will be the last opportunity to ask questions. To obtain a “Clinic Capacity Expansion Project” RFA, or to receive additional information on criteria to apply, please call (323) 869-7160 or log onto http://ladhs.org/wps/portal/AmbulatoryCare.