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Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital


The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) opened in Spring 2015. As a private non-profit, the safety-net hospital delivers high quality, collaborative care to South Los Angeles and surrounding communities in partnership with the County of Los Angeles, University of California and other community providers. The Board of Directors of Martin Luther King, Jr. – Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation (MLK-LA), which governs and operates the new community hospital, is committed to establishing a national model that focuses on patient-centered care.

Now open, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is licensed for 131 beds and provides general acute care. It features an emergency department, a critical care unit, labor and delivery capabilities and include radiology and other ancillary services. The new hospital offers a level of service that ensures a high quality, high tech and high touch health care experience for patients and their families regardless of citizenship status or ability to pay. Care is organized through a state-of-the-art, safe and secure electronic health record. In addition, MLKCH serves as a resource by supporting a coordinated and integrated approach to community wellness.

The new facility is a private, non-profit hospital governed by the MLKLA Board of Directors. The independent, eight-member hospital board has authority over, and accountability for the new hospital’s startup and ongoing operations. Dr. Elaine Batchlor serves as the Chief Executive Officer. As part of the coordinating agreement between the County of Los Angeles and the University of California, University of California Los Angeles will play a leading role in developing and maintaining medical care quality standards and graduate medical education.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Decades of experience in healthcare, operations, management and technology

The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital’s leadership includes our board of directors and hospital executive team. Every member of our leadership team shares a passion for providing the highest quality healthcare to the South Los Angeles community. Hailing from some of the finest institutions and organizations, together they bring an unparalleled wealth of experience and expertise in hospital management and operations, quality control, healthcare financing and delivery, and technology and innovation.

Board of Directors

Manuel A. Abascal, J.D.
Board Chair
Partner, Litigation Department, Latham and Watkins, LLP

Paul King, M.H.A.
Former Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Medical Group

Georgina R. Garcia, R.N., M.S.
Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente, West Los Angeles
Medical Center

Michael Madden, M.A.
Board Secretary
Chief Executive Officer (Retired), Providence Healthcare of
Southern California

Robert Margolis, M.D.
Co-Chairman of the Board, DaVita HealthCare Partners
CEO of HealthCare Partners, LLC

Robert Tranquada, M.D.
Emeritus Professor, University of Southern California

James Yoshioka, B.S.
Board Treasurer
President and Chief Executive Officer (Retired), Citrus Valley Health Partners

Ian Morrison
Author, Consultant

Leadership Team

Elaine Batchlor, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Executive Officer

John Fisher, M.D., M.B.A.
Chief Medical Officer

Jim Lott
Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development

Susan Burrows
Vice President, Human Resources

Myrna Allen, R.N., M.S.
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer

Sajid Ahmed
Chief Information and Innovation Officer

Medell Briggs-Malonson, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.S.
Medical Director of Quality

Kellie Todd
Director of Community Affairs and Marketing

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join the MLKCH Team

Now hiring qualified, committed and passionate individuals

The opening of the hospital has created more than 5,000 jobs in the area with approximately 700 directly supporting the hospital. We are committed to bringing highly qualified, committed and passionate individuals to our team.


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