Assemblymember Holly Mitchell Commends Selection of Dr. Elaine Batchlor as King Hospital's CEO

August 27, 2012

The Board of Directors of the new, private non-profit Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in the Watts-Willowbrook area of Los Angeles has announced the hiring of Elaine Batchlor, M.D., MPH as CEO, charged with opening the facility as a 120-bed hospital in 2014. As the County-run King-Harbor Medical Center, the hospital shut down in 2007, continuing to offer only out-patient urgent care and clinic services as the King Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center. Batchlor is currently the Medical Director of L.A. Care, the nation's largest public health care plan, which serves a significant portion of the Medi-Cal patient population in South Los Angeles , and will be one of only a handful of African American women running hospitals in the United States.

"I applaud the King Community Hospital Board's decision to hire Dr. Elaine Batchlor to re-open the doors of a much-needed facility in South Los Angeles," said Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City), whose district includes much of South L.A. "I have known Dr. Batchlor for nearly 25 years and have worked with her to improve access to critical services for under-served families. She knows the need and the challenges, which means she will hit the ground running."

Batchlor served on the Board of Directors of Crystal Stairs, Inc., a family and children's advocacy non-profit based in South L.A., during Mitchell's tenure as the organization's executive director.

"I'm confident that Dr. Batchlor's skill set as a physician responsible for upholding the highest patient care standards, along with her experience serving the needs of some of the County's most vulnerable populations, is the right combination to lead the hospital in expanding delivery of quality health care where most needed."