The other, county-owned Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, historically has been approved but is set to be reinspected soon.
County-USC, the only other county-run hospital with a trauma unit, has the organization's approval, as do such private hospitals as Cedars-Sinai and UCLA medical centers.
King/Drew as a whole is reeling from criticism by regulatory and accrediting groups that, among other things, have found neglect by nurses, medication errors, use of stun guns on mental patients and shortfalls in physician training.
The trauma center's problems are not limited to those identified in the American College of Surgeons' report.
Other troubles have hobbled the unit or threatened to close it:
* A national agency earlier this year withdrew the hospital's ability to train aspiring surgeons and radiologists, once key members of the staff.
* In February 2003, the county stripped King/Drew of its official status as a pediatric trauma center after its pediatric intensive care unit failed a state inspection. In practice, the action meant that most children with traumatic injuries were no longer taken there by ambulance.
* The national agency that accredits hospitals as a whole, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, is threatening to pull its seal of approval from King/Drew. Should that happen, the hospital would be forced to close its trauma center.
Henry said he decided against stepping down as trauma chief this summer, as planned, to devote himself to keeping the unit alive.
"Every single life that is saved is worthwhile," he said. "It's not about politics. It's not about numbers. It's about one life at a time."