Our Hospital CEO Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, Honored By WHA Of Southern California
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 14, 2015)—Recognizing her leadership and vision of providing compassionate quality healthcare, Women in Healthcare Administration of Southern California (WHA So Cal) has awarded its 2015 Woman of the Year to Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, CEO of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH). The honor is awarded to women working in administrative healthcare positions. Women in Healthcare Administration of Southern California members nominated female leaders who embody the organization’s mission and core values. Additionally, WHA has invited Dr. Batchlor to join its Advisory Board.
“Dr. Batchlor’s commitment to improve access and quality of care for underserved communities is inspiring. She is a role model for healthcare professionals looking to balance professional and community commitments. We are proud to honor such an exceptional woman,” said Vanessa Alvarez, President of Women in Healthcare Administration of Southern California.
As the CEO of MLKCH, Dr. Batchlor is the driving force behind the efforts to open a new, state-of-the-art, community oriented, safety-net hospital that will provide compassionate, quality care and improve the health of the South Los Angeles community. Throughout her career, her number one priority has been quality of patient care. With more than 25 years of healthcare experience within large, diverse communities, she has expertise in medical leadership, HMO administration, government health programs, public health administration, and healthcare financing and delivery.
Before assuming her leadership position at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Dr. Batchlor served as Chief Medical Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public health plan that provided care to the county’s most vulnerable population. The hospital is slated to open in July.
“I am honored to receive this recognition as 2015 Woman of the Year,” said Dr. Batchlor. “This award has always represented the commitment, innovation, and leadership of women healthcare administrators and I am humbled to be part of this wonderful legacy.”
Dr. Batchlor received her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, her Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her internship, residency, and fellowship in internal medicine and rheumatology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and is board-certified in both specialties.