Hospital Care Returns to the Communities of South Los Angeles
According to an article by Angel Jennings, residents of South Los Angeles "residents rejoiced as the long-delayed Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital opened, delivering on a long-standing promise by the county to bring medical care back to an area with a high rate of chronic illnesses and traumatic injuries."
"The old hospital, once a source of pride for the African American community, lost county funding and its accreditation following poor medical care, staff errors and a series of controversial patient deaths. Jernigan said the 2007 closure was heartbreaking and hopes the new MLK hospital can bring back respect to the community."
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas shared news in May about the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center. Together, the center and the hospital were planned as a "Wellness Village" that delivers preventative and mental health services in addition to inpatient hospital services.