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