Covid-19 Response

Dr. Casillas in front of the emergency department
Our response to COVID-19
Photo of nurses in masks
"Caring and community can be our greatest strengths in fighting this crisis."
—Dr. Elaine Batchlor

Strange, unpredictable, deadly

COVID-19 is a strange virus. And James Simpson’s battle with COVID is the strangest Dr. Jason Prasso has seen.

“We thought he was going to die,” said Prasso, a pulmonary and critical care specialist who oversaw James’ care since the day he was admitted to the intensive care unit at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH).

“His case has been a humbling experience. What it made us realize is just how unpredictable this disease is.”

Your gift saves lives

Our Emergency Fund

As we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we face many unknowns. What is clear, though, is that our patients in South LA are at high risk. Often, during moments of crisis, it is communities like ours that are hit the hardest. With your support, we can make sure our patients stay safe, with a minimum of impact and a maximum of the care they will need.  

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 the crisis continues to evolve.  

Generous gifts have helped to: 

During these times, we remain committed to the mission that has always guided us: Provide high-quality and compassionate care to our South LA community. 

Thank you for standing in support of our doctors and nurses on the front line, and for joining our fight against COVID-19. 

Make a gift today
to support our doctors and nurses on the front line

News & Stories

Thank you to our supporters

Our community is rallying around us. Thank you to individuals and organizations that have made gifts and in-kind donations to support our hospital's response efforts—including the International Medical Corps for the donation of two medical tents and volunteers who have sewn isolation gowns and printed face shields. 

Check back soon for a full list of our supporters. 

Isaac Cotton holding a gown
Our community is rallying around us
We can’t do it alone—thank you to everyone who has stepped forward to care for our patients and staff
Thank you Bank of the West
Thank you, Bank of the West!
A gift of $350,000 will help us respond to evolving needs during this crisis
Two nurses holding up food
Big Sunday delivers meals
Big Sunday is collaborating with Wells Fargo to bring weekly meals from local restaurants to our hardworking staff
Thank you Tom Safran
Thank you, Tom!
Owner of Gateway at Willowbrook affordable senior housing gifts $10,000 in support of our COVID-19 response
Medical tent donated by International Medical Corps
Thank you, International Medical Corps!
IMC has donated two medical tents and life-saving equipment for patients
Thank you Carol Young
Thank you, Carol!
Designer Carol Young and her team have designed and are sewing isolation gowns and masks to protect our staff
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