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What is the MLK-Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (MLK-MACC)? The MLK-MACC is located at the former King-Drew Medical Center. According to LA County’s Department of Health Services website: “Urgent Care (non life threatening) medical services remain open at the hospital from 8:00 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week. Outpatient clinics also remain open. Call the County’s toll free information line, 211, for more information.”

Why am I blogging about this? Because people keep saying that the hospital is closed, even today’s LA Times article about hospitals’ financial woes. But the facility IS NOT completely closed. Yes, the Emergency Department is closed. Yes, there are no inpatient hospital services.

But there is Urgent Care there, and most Emergency Department administrators will tell you that a fairly large percentage (say around 40%) of patients who end up in an emergency room are there for conditions that could have been handled in an Urgent Care facility.

Yes, the community needs that hospital, and the closure of MLK hospital’s emergency room has already resulted worse medical outcomes for residents of the area. BUT PLEASE, local media, let people know that even though the hospital has been eviscerated, health care is still available at the facility.

(From an LA County Department of Health Services memo) – An Urgent Care Center consisting of 27 treatment spaces is operational in the space previously occupied by the Emergency Department. The hours are from 8:00 am to midnight, 7 days a week. Examples of non-life threatening medical problems treated in the urgent care center are:

Sprains and fractures

Abdominal pain

Moderate burns


Vaginal bleeding or discharge


Migraine headaches

Minor injuries and rashes

Infectious childhood diseases (measles, chicken pox)

Suture/staple removal

Colds and fevers


Outpatient Clinics also remain OPEN at MLK. Clinic appointments are being maintained as usual. If you have a scheduled appointment and wish to confirm or change, please call the appointment line at 310-668-5011.

Outpatient Departments and Clinics available at MLK include:

Pediatric – dermatology, allergy, child development, high-risk, gastroenterology, lead screening, child/young adult/adolescent clinic, cardiology, nephrology, pediatric intervention program, HUB (children in foster care), nutrition


Ophthalmology – general eye, glaucoma, cornea, contact lens, retina, retinopathy, ocular tomography

Surgery – urology, prostate, peripheral vascular, cardio-thorasic, cystoscopy

OB/GYN – obstetrics low-risk, gynecology, prenatal intake, teen/family planning, infertility, gynecology chemotherapy, colposcopy, gynecology oncology

Otolaryngology – adult allergy, otology, oncology, speech, audiology

Neurology – adult neurology, seizure, stroke

Oralmaxillofacial – fracture, oral surgery, general anesthesia, prosthetic, facial pain, dental

Internal Medicine – cardiology, hypertension, dermatology, gastroenterology, diabetes, general medicine, ches, hematology-oncology, dietary, endocrinology, renal. Oasis HIV/AIDS clinic

Rehabilitation Services – Occupational therapy, physical therapy

Community Health Plan – pediatric, adult

For more information and updates on MLK-MACC services, please call the County’s toll-free information line at 211.

For questions about medication and pharmacy services, please call the MLK Hospital Pharmacy at 310-668-3971 and have your hospital card number and prescription number available.

For questions about transportation, please call 323-846-4419.

For questions about psychiatric emergency services, call the mental health access center hotline at 800-854-7771.


This is a personal blog. Expect a potpourri of stuff.

2 thoughts on “MLK MACC

  1. I’m suffering from everything on that list! (okay, I’m overstating, no measles or pox) Add Bird Flu. I contracted this at Ralph’s this morning, when two fat pigeons flew into the newly remodeled store and headed straight for the bread department.

    Thanks for blogging about this. It’s a wonderful thing to inform all of us when the papers print erroneous info.

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