Steve Yslas served on the MLK Community Health Foundation board of directors from 2013 to 2015. We’re grateful to Steve for his service and leadership.
MLK Community Health Foundation board member Steve Yslas remembers the long car rides to the hospital. Growing up near 50th and Normandie in South Los Angeles, he and his parents would travel to Good Samaritan at Union and Wilshire on Sundays for his mother’s asthma treatments.
“You had to go to either Good Sam or California Hospital in those days,” says Yslas, the retired general counsel and corporate vice president of Northrop Grumman Corporation. “We didn’t think about it back then, but it wasn’t right that we had to go so far for medical attention.”
Yslas says his memories of those trips, as well as his devotion to the South LA community, are motivating factors in his joining the MLK Community Health Foundation board of directors last year. “The hospital is vital to that community, especially in the wake of the catastrophic failure of King-Drew,” Yslas says. “There’s just a very a clear need.”
“I’m a real LA person,” he continues, noting that he grew up before the Disneyland era, when the big treat was a ride on Angel’s Flight. “I have a long history of close connections to this city.”