Ridley-Thomas holds town hall on King-Harbor hospital reopening

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King-Harbor Medical Center could reopen as a full-service hospital in about three years. That's what Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas told an audience in South Los Angeles during the weekend.

LeAnn Babineaux was among the 350 people who attended a meeting at the King-Drew Magnet High School lecture hall. The mammogram technician said she hopes the new hospital will ease demand at the Hubert H. Humphrey clinic where she works.

LeAnn Babineaux: "I wanna see the patient line decrease, because in the morning times when we arrive, it's wrapped around the corner. We need it. We're backlogged at least three to four months."

Babineaux said the demand at her clinic spiked when King-Harbor closed two years ago. That’s when the county-operated public hospital failed federal and state inspections. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said the $400 million plan to reopen King-Harbor includes a 120-bed hospital and a fitness center.