Martin Luther KingCommunity Hospital Recuperative Care Unit Opens
We congratulate the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) Housing for Health Division on the grand opening of the Martin Luther KingCommunity Hospital Recuperative Care Unit. Part of a larger effort to revitalize the mostly vacant and derelict building, we were engaged to renovate the reception entrance, two floors of housing units including major accessibility updates, and the addition of an outdoor garden space. The 4 wings will now provide 100 new beds for a 'Recuperative Care Program' which, according to the Housing for Health Department, 'provides interim housing, intensive case management services, and health services to individuals with complex medical or behavioral health conditions who need to recover in a stable environment where they can access medical care and supportive services. Recuperative care supports the transition to permanent housing and reduces the overutilization of high-cost services such as hospitals, jails, and first responders.'
A strong proponent of this project and facing the ever-growing homelessness problem throughout all of Los Angeles County, Supervisor, Second District Mark Ridley-Thomas was on hand to commemorate the ceremony while reinforcing the need to continue work on the department's mission to improve the health and well-being of one of LA County's most vulnerable populations through collaboration between permanent supportive housing and health services.