Navigation Links
California Government to Revoke License of LA Hospital

The Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in Los Angeles seems to be lurching from crisis to crisis.

Only a few days ago it was subjected to withering criticism in the media when a woman was left to die in its emergency room. And on Thursday the Los Angeles county officials were told by the Californian state government that the license of the hospital could be revoked.

The state Department of Health Services has never before threatened such a penalty against King-Harbor and, has not taken such an action against a hospital since 2004.

The Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor hospital, operated by the Los Angeles County department of Health Services, is located near crime hotspots, and serves poor and minorities in South Los Angeles.

Predictably it has been going to seed for sometime and the federal governments response has been to threaten it with pulling crucial Medicare and Medi-Cal funding. Now the state government too seems to have joined the vicious game.

Los Angeles County supervisors were notified by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office today that the hospital would be sent a formal document outlining the reasons for revocation by next week. Schwarzenegger, who has been meeting with community leaders about the hospital's future, was personally involved in the decision, state officials said. It marks a shift for the governor, who had urged the federal government to continue funding the hospital in recent months in hopes it would reform.

In the last 3 1/2 years, King-Harbor has made significant changes, including closing its once-busy trauma center, disciplining hundreds of workers, slashing services and reducing the number of inpatient beds from more than 200 to 48, all in an attempt to please those holding the purse strings.

The media too has been unsparing in its criticism, almost rooting for its closure, not pausing to think who would stand to be affected most if th e hospital does close down. Across the US many public hospitals in rural areas are pulling down the shutters on grounds of economy, hitting the poor the most.

The latest move, however, is subject to appeal -- a process that could take a year. And the state suggested in a letter to county health director Bruce Chernof today that it could rescind its action if the hospital was able to show that it met state and federal standards.

"We're really worried that the people will think the hospital closes tomorrow," said Sandra Shewry, director of the state health services agency. "It doesn't mean that. Services continue while this process plays out. The best end point is for that hospital to come into compliance with those standards."


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Passive smoking declared as Toxic in California
2. California Employers may need to Fork out more on Health Benefits
3. An urgent need for prison reforms: California!
4. Death by Smog in California
5. PE Minimums Violations:California Schools Blamed
6. California: Go Ahead For Drug Discount Initiative
7. Students Fail In Fitness Test In California
8. Southern California Wildfires Pose Health Risks to Children
9. About One Third of Children Overweight in California
10. Californian Baby Creates History - Born from a Frozen Egg and Sperm
11. Hunt for Sea Delicacy Taking a Toll in California
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/12/2016)... Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) , ... February 12, ... ... nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving ... patient services – hosted over 250 members of South Florida’s philanthropic community at ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Each year, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) offers a ... Anaheim Convention Center. Almost 10,000 physical therapists across the country are expected to attend ... about their chosen field and network with their colleagues. As in years past, ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... nominations have closed for the ISE Southeast Awards 2016. Finalists and winners of ... the ISE® Southeast Executive Forum and Awards Gala on March 15, 2016 at ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Every winter, someone is killed, injured or loses ... Penn Burn Center, part of the Allegheny Health Network, has partnered with Etna ... “Space Heaters Need Space” campaign. , “Space Heaters Need Space” aims to ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... , ... The Jones Agency, a family owned insurance company with offices serving ... charity drive with the Tarrant Area Food Bank in the hopes of alleviating hunger ... need, the Tarrant County Food Bank offers hope and security to the one in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... Feb. 12, 2016  Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ... the Company will ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell at ... York at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, ... Adrian Adams , will perform the ... to 4:00 p.m. ET.  A live webcast will be ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... BUDAPEST , Ungarn, February 12, 2016 ... ein Medizintechnikunternehmen, das sich auf den ungedeckten ... gab heute positive Ergebnisse seines klinischen Forschungsprogramms ... und Asthma-Patienten beschäftigt, ergab Verbesserungen ihrer respiratorischen ... Indiso ltd , ein Medizintechnikunternehmen, das ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 11, 2016 Stem ... that are characterized by self-renewal and the capacity to ... a relatively new discovery, as the first mouse embryonic ... it was not until 1995 that the first culturing ... pluripotent stem cells were not produced until 2006 As ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: