Panel Selected to Oversee New MLK Hospital

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved the appointment of seven people to a board that will oversee a new Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in Willowbrook. The panelists were jointly nominated last week by county Chief executive Officer William Fujioka and Dr. John Stobo, University of California senior vice president for health sciences and services.
The old, full service county-run hospital at 120th and Wilmington was opened in the wake of the 1965 Watts riots. But it was eventually closed in 2007 after a series of lapses in patient care, some deadly,
that caused the federal government to withdraw funding. 

The newly affirmed board members are:

  • Manuel Abascal, an attorney with Latham and Watkins specializing in government investigations, internal investigations and complex business litigation;
  • Dr. Elaine Batchlor, chief medical officer of L.A. Care Health Plan;
  • Linda Griego, president and CEO of Griego Enterprises, a business management company she founded in 1986;
  • Paul King, president and CEO of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Medical Group;
  • Michael Madden, retired CEO of Providence Healthcare of Southern California;
  • Dr. Robert Margolis, managing partner and CEO of HealthCare Partners medical group; and
  • James Yoshioka, retired president and CEO of Citrus Valley Health Partners.

MLK Hospital is expected to open in 2013, with 120 beds and an emergency room. County officials said it would have the capacity to accommodate more than 30,000 annual patient visits, 10,000 annual outpatient visits and follow- up care.

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