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King Drew loses JCAHO certification

A national healthcare accrediting agency revoked its seal of approval Tuesday from troubled Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, a rare sanction that underscored repeated lapses in patient care at the hospital.

The action will not lead to closure of the Los Angeles County-owned hospital in Willowbrook, south of Watts, but will mean that many private insurance companies will no longer pay for care there. The loss also jeopardizes some of the doctor-training programs run by the affiliated Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and emergency psychiatric services at the hospital.

More broadly, the move is a vote of no confidence by medical experts in the hospital's quality. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations credentials about 4,600 hospitals nationwide. King/Drew is only the second in the last year to lose the panel's accreditation and one of just 13 since 1998.

Full story: http://ktla.trb.com/news/local/ktla-me-kingdrew2feb02-lat,0,3153931.story?coll=ktla-news-1

what a shame. The hospital is direly needed, but a certain level of ability to care for patients must be maintained. I hope this gets resolved to the benefit of the community it serves.

mercyteapot, BSN, RN

Specializes in Dev. Disabilities, Health Disparities. Has 20 years experience.

I've been in that hospital (as a visitor, not a patient). The JCAHO decision comes as no surprise. The community deserves much better.

KRVRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU.

For as much of a to-do it is when JCAHO is coming, I'm surprised that they couldn't at least get it together long enough to squeak by. ??? Then again, I myself have never seen this hospital.

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