LOS ANGELES, CA (August 27, 2012)—The Martin Luther King, Jr.-Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation (“MLK-LA”) today announced that it has appointed Dr. Elaine Batchlor as Chief Executive Officer of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH).
Dr. Batchlor, who will assume her post October 15, comes to the hospital with more than 20 years of experience in the medical field. She currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for L.A. Care, the largest public health plan in the United States and a leader in developing innovative programs to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations.
The new hospital was designed to meet pressing community needs by providing inpatient primary care, basic emergency services, and health education and outreach services typical of a community hospital. The facility will anchor a campus in Willowbrook planned to provide a range of healthcare and social services to meet the community’s long-term needs.
“Dr. Batchlor is a compelling leader with a proven track record of dedication to this community and successful implementation of innovative healthcare solutions,” said Manny Abascal, chairman of the board of directors of MLK-LA. “She comes to the new hospital with a deep understanding of this community. She has been the force behind much-needed innovation in the Los Angeles healthcare system and we look forward to her leadership.”