Covid-19 Response

Dr. Casillas in front of the emergency department
Our response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

Updated January 15, 2021

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital has the highest percentage of hospitalized COVID patients within a 15-mile radius. We are one of the hardest-hit hospitals in the hardest-hit regions in the world, serving a population with some of the worst health outcomes in the country. COVID has highlighted the health inequalities disproportionally impacting our community. While our clinicians remain strong and our resourcefulness remains evident each day, the pandemic is testing us in ways we never imagined.

We are continually identifying creative solutions to respond to the surge and for our patients on the path to recovery, including:

  • Erected field hospitals and medical tents to assist with intake and triage
  • Expanded acute care capacity by converting hospital’s fifth floor into Intensive Care Unit
  • Launched two innovative programs: Home Para-medicine, which relieves acute care capacity by providing in-home visits and patient monitoring, and Post-Discharge COVID clinic, offering in-person and telemedicine care to ensure full patient recovery
  • Expanded our telehealth services through our bilingual AI chatbot, connecting patients with on-demand doctor appointments and answering COVID and health questions
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Our Emergency Fund

Our Emergency Fund ensures that we can respond to our patients’ and the hospital’s needs as they evolve. This fund allows us to be flexible and responsive, allocating resources where they’re needed most as we respond to surging cases.

Generous gifts have helped to: 

Your support can make a difference for our patients and our doctors and nurses on the front lines of care. Thank you for supporting us during this crisis.

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A Community’s Generosity

We can’t do it alone. Early in the pandemic, we faced many unknowns and shortages of PPE. Our community—in South LA and throughout the country—rallied around us in our fight against COVID-19. From gifts to our Emergency Fund to donations of meals and masks for our staff, we saw generosity in all its shapes and forms. We’re thankful for the support we received.

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