Hospital Industry Response to L.A. County's Release RE: King-Drew's Continued Operations

Sep 27, 2006, 01:00 ET from Hospital Association of Southern California

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hospital Association of
 Southern California (HASC), a trade association representing more than 90
 percent of the public and private hospitals serving Los Angeles and
 surrounding counties, wholeheartedly endorses the approach to save the
 King-Drew Medical Center as described in the press release issued by the
 county health department yesterday.
     "Director Chernof's commitment to finding a model that keeps critical
 services online at the King-Drew site is just the tonic we need now," said
 Jim Barber, President and CEO of the trade group. "Dr. Chernof's decision
 to focus on contracting out King-Drew to a private sector entity or by
 aligning it with another county hospital, including Harbor-UCLA Medical
 Center, are responsible approaches to resolving the crisis precipitated by
 the federal government's Medicare decertification of King-Drew."
     HASC knows that county officials are committed to providing only the
 highest quality medical care to the patients and communities they serve,
 and we are confident that they understand the importance of preserving
 critical inpatient and outpatient medical services at King-Drew.
     "They have our full support," said Barber, "and we look forward to
 reviewing the model that they ultimately decide upon."

SOURCE Hospital Association of Southern California