King Hospital staff to be transferred
81 workers to be relocated
The County of Los Angeles is transferring 81 workers from the (formally known as) Martin Luther King Jr Hospital in order to cut cost at the local health facility.
The number of people working at the Willowbrook Martin Luther King Jr.-Multi Service Ambulatory Care Center (MLK-MACC), will drop to 680 from 761 employees according to the County Chief Executive Officer Sheila Shima. Outside custodians contracted for the clinic, will decrease 27 percent by the end of August which leaves a total of 66 custodial workers.
Taxpayers paid $252 million in walk-in clinic costs for the past fiscal year. The per-patient expense for treatment is about $1,895 compared to $947 at the High Desert MACC or $277 at the Antelope Valley Clinic.
After years of alleged life-threatening errors by hospital staff and administrators, the federal government halted Medi-Cal and Medicare reimbursements. Residents who visited the emergency room, trauma center and general hospital were forced to seek other locations for health and trauma care.
The staff transfer is scheduled to take place in September.