Nov. 6, 2023 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) received another top rating on patient safety, according to the latest report card issued by the independent, nonprofit rating group, Leapfrog.
Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade is a bi-annual evaluation of approximately 3,000 hospitals nationwide on how well they protect their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. MLKCH received the organization’s highest rating, achieved by only 30% of these hospitals.
“This is a testament to the strength of our mission and the quality of our staff,” said MLKCH CEO Dr. Elaine Batchlor. “Despite the challenges of COVID, high patient volume as well as funding challenges, we continue to deliver impressive results for our community.”
The 131-bed safety net hospital serves South Los Angeles, a majority Medicaid community of high need. South LA has some of the worst health outcomes in LA County and the state, with diabetes mortality alone three times the California average.
Despite the complexities of treating a medically complex patient population, MLKCH has received a Leapfrog “A” rating multiple times. Over the past year MLKCH also received a 5-star quality rating from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the hospital’s award-winning maternity department topped Cal Hospital Compare’s Maternity Honor Roll for a seventh year running.
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About MLK Community Healthcare: MLK Community Healthcare is an integrated healthcare delivery system that serves the medically underserved community of South Los Angeles. MLKCH offers emergency and inpatient care through its hospital, MLK Community Hospital, and primary and specialty care through the MLK Community Medical Group, with practice sites in multiple locations throughout South Los Angeles. MLKCH also offers community health education and outreach to improve the health of our community. Since its opening in 2015, the hospital and health system has earned awards and headlines for its innovative approaches to quality, safety, and patient satisfaction.