LA County supervisors OK $14M contract for South LA health center

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved a $14 million contract for a new health center in unincorporated Willowbrook, near the onetime Martin Luther King Jr.-Drew Medical Center.

"This is the first of many important milestones for the region surrounding the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center campus,'' said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The outpatient center will focus on treating sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and providing immunizations, said Dr. Jan King, the county's area health officer for the area.

"The residents of South Los Angeles have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, obesity, coronary artery disease, diabetes and many other conditions, compared to other residents of Los Angeles'' said King. "The Department of Public Health is committed to resolving these health

The center will be built at the northwest corner of 120th Street and Wilmington Avenue and will replace the existing South Health Center on 102nd Street in South Los Angeles. The total project budget approved by the board, which includes permits, inspections, consulting fees and some equipment costs, is $20 million.

The design-build contract will go to McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. It is scheduled for completion next June.