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