VIDEO: The NEW Martin Luther King Hospital Town Hall

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas hosted a Town Hall meeting at Drew Magnet High School on August 1st to discuss the NEW Martin Luther King Hospital.

Information and video from the entire event is now available at the MLK Town Hall webpage.

Town Hall Meeting on The New Martin Luther King Hospital Saturday

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas will host a Town Hall meeting Saturday, August 1, to update community members and stakeholders on the county’s efforts to open a new hospital on the Martin Luther King Medical Center site.

The gathering will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m at the Magnet High School, 1601 E. 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059 (RSVP). The Town Hall is co-sponsored by the Empowerment Congress, a neighborhood-based organization that promotes civic engagement in the 2nd District.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office William T “Bill” Fujioka will share information on the current status of negotiations with the University of California and plans to construct new, seismically compliant facilities at the former hospital site.

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Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel On Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will host an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Assistance Panel on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus this Friday at 4:30 p.m.

The discussion will be held at the H. Claude Hudson Auditorium at 12021 South Wilmington Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059.

ULI is a nationally recognized organization of land use planners, economists, architects, builders and government leaders. ULI will be conducting a two day Technical Assistance Panel at the King Medical Center, involving a team of ten nationally prominent experts in hospital operations, planning and urban health.

At the end of the two day panel, the results and recommendations will be summarized in a public presentation. In addition, there will be a press conference on the results of the ULI Technical Assistance Panel at 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 8 at the ULI offices at 444 South Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles. We invite you to attend both events.

For additional information please contact Christine Aure at (213) 213-2245 or at

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)