From hospital to health system

MLK Community Healthcare now offers health services for every stage of life


Please contact: Gwen Driscoll, 310-720-4441

Willowbrook, Calif. – The award-winning community hospital that made headlines nationwide for its technology, patient safety and satisfaction measures is now a full system of health offering outpatient services and specialty care in multiple locations across South Los Angeles.

MLK Community Healthcare (MLKCH), a private, non-profit, safety-net health system, now offers inpatient, maternity and emergency care at MLK Community Hospital in Willowbrook as well as primary and specialty care at three outpatient sites.  In addition, the health system runs a number of community-based health education, screening and treatment programs.

MLKCH outpatient services include:

  • Primary care
  • Pediatrics
  • Diabetes (endocrinology)
  • Heart Disease (cardiology)
  • Lung Disease (pulmonology)
  • Urology (men’s health)
  • Mental and behavioral health (psychiatry/social work)
  • Foot care (podiatry)
  • Wound care and hyperbaric healing
  • Infectious disease
  • Surgery
  • Addiction medicine

The evolution of MLKCH from hospital to health system is a direct response to South LA’s chronic lack of resources and access to care.  The community suffers from a severe shortage of doctors – 1,200 fewer than in average areas – as well as the fewest number of hospital beds in all of LA County.

At the same time, South LA has some of the worst health indicators in the state and was the epicenter of Covid-19 during last winter’s severe surge.

“Lack of access to quality healthcare made this community vulnerable to Covid,” said Dr. Elaine Batchlor, CEO of MLK Community Healthcare.  “South LA has a high burden of diabetes, heart disease, kidney-related illness and other chronic conditions.  Our aim is to create the resources and infrastructure necessary to address and reverse poor health.”

Since its opening in 2015, MLKCH has garnered awards and headlines for its innovative approaches to quality, safety and patient satisfaction.  

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