County Board OKs First $10M for MLK Hospital

The Board of Supervisors today approved up to $50 million in funding for a new Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, though members seemed to still be feeling out their relationship with the independent nonprofit. The $50 million covers five years of startup funding, with $10 million to be released now. In July, the board finalized an agreement with the University of California Regents, which set out their respective roles in opening the private, nonprofit hospital in Willowbrook. The county agreed to fund construction of the 120-bed medical center and new outpatient clinic, totaling more than $350 million, plus startup and operating costs, including subsidizing care for the indigent uninsured. A seven-member hospital board was appointed in August. The idea is replace the old county-run Martin Luther King Jr.-Drew Medical Center, which was eventually closed after a years of failing federal inspections and medical personnel making deadly mistakes.

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