Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has been the driving force to restore to Greater South Los Angeles the critical life-sustaining healthcare resource that was lost due to mismanagement and high profile medical failures.

When King-Harbor Medical Center that was forced to close in August 2007 for repeatedly failing to pass medical accreditation reviews, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas vowed, that when elected in November 2008, he would work tirelessly to create a new Martin Luther King Hospital to replace the long troubled facility.

Through his leadership, collaboration and fueled by his dogged determination, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has fulfilled his promise made in 2008.

Mark forged a public-private partnership that enabled the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital to be revitalized, rebuilt and reopened by L.A. County under the management stewardship of a nonprofit MLK Hospital Board of Directors, a unique oversight arrangement for a county hospital.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas persuaded the University of California to be involved in bringing the finest physician talent available to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Under an agreement between the MLK Hospital Board of Directors and L.A. County, UC Health Services will provide staff physicians at Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital.

The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital spearheaded by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has created more than a thousand new jobs in hospital construction and the revitalization of the 38-acre healthcare campus. MLK Hospital restored hundreds of allied health jobs that have been missing in South Los Angeles since the closure of King-Harbor Medical Center in Fall 2007.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas pushed the County of Los Angeles to invest nearly $380 million for improvements at the Second District’s Harbor-UCLA Medical Center to expand surgery and emergency room capacity at one of the busiest Level One trauma centers serving hundreds of thousands of residents and families in Southwest L.A. County and the South Bay, and millions of commuters traveling through the Second District each week.