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Surrounding hospitals wonder whether patients will return to King
Surrounding hospitals wonder whether patients will return to King

When the old King/Drew medical center was forced to close in 2007 after a series of treatment lapses, tens of thousands of South Los Angeles patients scrambled to find somewhere else to go. Many officials predicted that surrounding hospitals, some with already strained emergency rooms, would be flooded. Indeed, a new Times analysis of state data found that two public and three private hospitals in the area experienced an increase of more than 20% in outpatient ER visits, some well after the troubled King/Drew closed. St. Francis Medical Center, just three miles away, had an immediate 24% emergency room bump. A year later, White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights also saw visits...

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