Couple Gives $2.8 Million to Expand Hospital's Inpatient Services
For people with chronic health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, accessing timely diagnosis and treatment when their conditions worsen can have profound, life-changing—even life-saving—benefits.
In South Los Angeles, the need for such services is great, and the lack of local availability takes a dramatic toll. To date, 36% of the patients discharged from Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital have one or more of those high-risk health indicators. For some, the lack of early treatment can be devastating—the hospital performs an average of one amputation each week.
Thanks to an anonymous couple who gave $2.8 million in February 2016 to help MLKCH expand inpatient services, the hospital has purchased a second CT scanner and created a dedicated Computerized Tomography (CT) Suite, enabling our doctors to offer procedures that range from preventing unnecessary amputations—an outcome of the chronic conditions so common among our patients—to early detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease. With the addition of interventional radiology, the CT Suite will also provide patients with diagnosis and treatment of various cancers and benign tumors.
In expanding inpatients services at the hospital and adding outpatient services for adults with complex chronic conditions through its Advanced Care Program initiative, the hospital fulfills its promise to provide access to the preventive and life-saving treatments our community needs.