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:3/24/2017)... ... ... Digital Scientists, a software innovation lab specializing in web design and ... Carolina location. The lab has set up shop at the renowned NEXT Innovation ... Carolina clients for years from our office here in Atlanta,” explains Digital Scientists’ CEO, ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... Lake Orion, MI (PRWEB) , ... March 24, ... ... providing insurance assistance, financial planning, and related services to families and business owners ... charity initiative aimed at feeding regional families struggling with financial difficulties. , The ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... on two panels at the Advanced ERISA Benefit Claims Litigation seminar in Chicago, ... Creating the Administrative Record, The majority of cases litigated under ERISA involve claims ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... first Certified Medical Reiki™ Master in Frederick, MD. Judy says, “I am passionate ... during what is often a very difficult and challenging time.” , A Certified ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... ... Adventures of Joey, The Dog Who Barks at Puddles”: a boisterous story about a ... God intended. “The Adventures of Joey, The Dog Who Barks at Puddles” is the ... writing, especially about truth and human behavior. , Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Patti ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... Tenn. , March 23, 2017  Provectus ... or the "Company"), a clinical-stage oncology and dermatology ... announced Definitive Financing Commitment Term Sheet (the "Definitive ... a group of the Company,s stockholders, who are ... Group" in a Form 8-K filed with the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... 23, 2017 The key factors driving ... diabetic population, accelerating economic growth and increasing healthcare expenditure. Some ... higher life expectancy of ESRD patients, rising demand for home ... the expansion of the market is hindered by high treatment ... ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... 23, 2017 As a result of ... the prevalence of allergic diseases, cutting edge developments ... revolutionising the ways in which pharmaceutical and biotech ... promises to be both a high quality meeting ... interest groups, immunologists, research scholars and doctors. The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: