Awards & recognitions

Quality awards

Gold Seal of Approval

MLKCH has received The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.  

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Most Wired

MLKCH is one of only 6.4% of hospitals in the nation that has achieved HIMSS‐7 – the highest level of electronic medical record keeping. Our high‐tech system allows healthcare providers to quickly see a patient’s medical records, prescriptions and lab results. This enables doctors, nurses, specialists and others to respond faster to a patient’s needs. For this reason, we have once again been voted Healthcare’s “Most Wired.”

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Prestigious Baby-Friendly Designation

MLKCH has achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the United States. Out of 3,084 birth centers and hospitals that offer maternity services in the United States, only 590 have achieved Baby-Friendly status.  These facilities provide an environment that supports breastfeeding while respecting every woman’s right to make the best decision for herself and her family. Read more here.

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"High Performer" from Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

The MLK Community Health Foundation, which raises money for the hospital, is a “top performer” among community hospitals, according to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. The award represents hospitals that reached the top 25% in net fundraising returns out of all participating community hospitals, raising more than $3.1 million in the U.S. and more than $8.5 million in Canada. The recognition is an indication of the strong support MLKCH has in Los Angeles, and nationwide.

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Maternity Honor Roll

Low C-section rates have once again placed Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) on the Cal Hospital Compare Maternity Honor Roll. Caesarean sections, or C-sections, place women and babies at higher risk of post-delivery complications and can complicate future childbirth, according to Cal Hospital Compare. MLKCH has been on the Honor Roll since 2019, when the recognition was launched. Read more about this recognition here.

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Population Health Program Accreditation

MLKCH recently received the prestigious Population Health Program Accreditation from The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Not only is it unusual for a small hospital like ours to get this accreditation, but we also received a near perfect score. This accreditation is the first step in becoming a center of excellence for diabetes, a disease that plagues many in South Los Angeles. 

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