FAQs

General Questions

What can you tell me about the hospital?

The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) opened in 2015. Located in the Second District of the County of Los Angeles, the 131-bed hospital is a priority project for Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is one of the most modern hospitals in southern California with the highest quality doctors and nurses on staff, the most advanced and innovative healthcare technology, and the best medical equipment available today.

It features a 21-bed emergency department, an intensive care unit, and labor and delivery services. The hospital offers radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services as well as additional hospital-based services for patients. For a complete list of medical services provided, click here.

Who can use the hospital?

While our main focus is to serve the 1.35 million residents of South Los Angeles, the hospital and its services are open to everyone.

What is the hospital's mission and what are its goals?

The mission of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is to provide compassionate, collaborative, quality care and improve the health of our community.

The vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is to be a leading model of innovative, collaborative, community health care.

Our goal is to provide patient-centered care to improve the health of the community.

Who oversees the hospital?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is a private hospital, governed by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation ( MLK-LA), a nonprofit organization originally created to oversee the construction and opening of the hospital. MLK-LA includes eight board members with extensive experience in health care, as well as knowledge of and commitment to the South Los Angeles community.

Who operates the hospital?

In addition to overseeing the opening of the hospital, the nonprofit Martin Luther King, Jr. Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation (MLK-LA) has responsibility for running the hospital. The MLK-LA board of directors ensures that the hospital maintains the highest quality patient care and professional business practices.

How are the County and the University of California involved?

The County of Los Angeles provided the funding necessary to build and furnish the hospital. The County is also committed to helping with the cost of providing care to uninsured and underinsured patients. The University of California (UC) health care system, through its UCLA campus, plays a leadership role in providing some of the medical and clinical staff, and in developing high quality standards for patient care.

What have the hospital's partners done to ensure the hospital will be the best fit for the community?

To design the hospital to meet the community's needs, and to determine the most appropriate services, MLK-LA and the County of Los Angeles reviewed extensive information, reports, data and historical documentation regarding the demographics of the community and its health care needs.

In addition, Second District County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the County held a series of community meetings in South Los Angeles in 2011 to discuss the master plan for the area, which includes the new hospital. Hundreds of residents, civic leaders, business owners and health care advocates attended the meetings, asked questions and provided input about the planned developments. The hospital will continue to conduct periodic community health needs assessments to carry on this process.

Tell me about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Campus

The new hospital is located near 120 th Street and Wilmington Avenue in South Los Angeles, on a campus with several other facilities that serve the healthcare needs of the community. The County of Los Angeles operates the MLK Outpatient Center, which provides ambulatory clinical services and urgent care to the community. The County-operated Augustus Hawkins Mental Health Center is also located on the campus. Recent campus additions include the new MLK Center for Public Health that focuses on preventive care, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Mental Health Urgent Care Center. A Recuperative Care Center is planned for 2016.

Where and when can I apply for a job at the hospital?

The new hospital is currently hiring. For more information and to review job openings, click here.

Is preference given in hiring to qualified individuals living in the community? Is training provided to help people in the community obtain jobs at the facility?

The hospital encourages and supports applications from candidates within the local community. More information about job opportunities and training is available on this website and on the website of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Can I volunteer at the hospital?

We have an active volunteer program. For more information, please visit our volunteer information page.

Patient Questions

What services are available at the new facility?

The hospital provides general inpatient medical and surgical care, labor and delivery services, basic emergency services, imaging and laboratory services, and health education and outreach programs.

The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital was designed and built from the ground up specifically to meet the needs of the South Los Angeles community. Our highly qualified medical staff provides a range of services to meet community needs including general medical and surgical care, basic emergency care, prenatal and delivery services, and community health education. We have partnerships with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and community providers to ensure the best patient care and the highest quality standards.

Our medical services are organized, coordinated and monitored through secure, state-of-the-art technology that make our hospital one of the most modern hospitals in Southern California. Modern health technology has made patient care safer and more reliable than ever and we will be taking full advantage of these technologies.

Our nurses and doctors use mobile workstations, smart phones and other devices to access and record patient information and receive health alerts. Results of lab tests, vital signs, and prescriptions are available electronically from a secure database so that physicians can coordinate a patient’s care with one another. And patients now have easier access to their own information so they can better understand their health and treatment.

For a complete list of services, click here.

What about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center?

The Outpatient Center, located on the same campus as the new hospital, continues to provide outpatient services including general medicine, HIV/AIDS treatment, cardiology, diabetes treatment, dermatology, dentistry, geriatrics, neurology, urgent care and physical therapy.

What medical or health services are not offered?

While Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital has a 21-bed emergency room with a Treatment Appraisal Unit, it is NOT a Level One Trauma Center. This requires special accreditation and numerous medical specialties unavailable in a community hospital setting. Hospital leadership and the County of Los Angeles have worked closely to establish arrangements with qualified trauma facilities within the area so that patients in need will be transported quickly and efficiently.

The new hospital does not have a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), organ transplant, interventional/diagnostic cardiology, heart/vascular surgery, neurosurgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, chemical dependency, or rehabilitation services. MLKCH has agreements with other area hospitals so that if patients need any of these services, they will be transferred to a nearby facility as soon as possible in order to receive the necessary medical treatment.

How does the new hospital, the community clinics and the Outpatient Center coordinate care for South LA patients?

A critical component of hospital planning was the development of shared service agreements between Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital and outpatient services run by the County, like the Outpatient Center. Additionally, the hospital works closely with the network of community-based clinics in South Los Angeles to integrate health services and information through approaches such as care managers and safe and secure electronic health record (EHR) networks. The Hospitals' secure EHR systems provide timely information for clinicians to coordinate care with other providers, while our care managers facilitate the coordination of admissions and post-discharge follow up services for our patients.

Does the new facility accept all patients, including those who are unable to pay?

Yes. The new hospital serves all members of the community who require medical assistance and services. The hospital also helps all patients apply for health insurance coverage. Many plans are available and it is important to sign up for one. For more information, visit here.

Does the facility accept patients regardless of their immigration status?

Yes. The hospital provides services to all patients regardless of immigration status.

How do I find out more about the hospital?

Our goal is to connect with everyone in South Los Angeles so we can best serve you and your family’s healthcare needs. To stay informed about what is happening at the hospital before and after it opens, please sign up for our e-newsletter and join us on Facebook and Twitter.