Standing on the lawn of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in Willowbrook, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was sworn in Friday as the first African-American man to chair the Board of Supervisors.
In his second term as the representative of the Second District, Ridley-Thomas will oversee the re-opening of MLK Hospital, which was previously known as King/Drew Hospital. It was shut down in 2007 following a Los Angeles Times’ series on patient care abuses.
“Even with all that we have done and all of what we have learned, there is still much to do,” Ridley-Thomas said. “Somehow today I hear the voice of one of America’s most prolific inventors. Thomas Edison [said], ‘Opportunity is often missed by most people because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.'
“Therefore I pose a question and it’s a simple one: Are you ready to don your overalls and embrace the next four years of opportunity?”
The new Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital is expected to open in 2014.
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