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Hall Leads Efforts to Reopen King Hospital
By Sentinel News Service
Published March 12, 2009

 The Assembly Higher Education Committee approved ACR 2 by Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D- Compton).

ACR 2 calls upon the University of California to expedite negotiations with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science to discuss the future management of Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital. The resolution was unanimously approved on a 9 to 0 vote.

For over 35 years, Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital provided trauma care services, surgery, hospitalization and birthing services to over 1.6 million people that live and work in South Los Angeles.

After several high profile and extensively reported incidents regarding patient health and safety issues, Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital was closed in August 2007.

For almost two years, the communities of Compton, South Los Angeles, Watts and Willowbrook have been without access to a Tier I trauma center, requiring residents to be transported ten to fifteen miles away in order to receive trauma care.

"The reopening of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital is one of the most important issues facing the 52nd Assembly District," said Assemblymember Hall.

"ACR 2 is an important step towards getting stakeholders engaged, getting decision makers prepared to act and getting this hospital reopened in order to care for the fundamental healthcare needs of my constituents and residents throughout South Los Angeles."

ACR 2 now goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for further consideration.

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