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King Drew Aftermath - Solutions

MISSION: King/Drew Medical Center might be trying to do too much. Meeting patients’ core needs could mean refocusing to be a community hospital, not a full-service teaching institution. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Shift in universities
SHIFT IN UNIVERSITIES: Dr. Robert Ross, president of the California Endowment, said fixing King/Drew’s doctor-training programs may require help from UCLA. (David Bohrer / LAT)
Can they let go?
CAN THEY LET GO?: Many experts say the Board of Supervisors, from left, Don Knabe, Gloria Molina, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Zev Yaroslavsky and Michael Antonovich, must give control to people with the time, inclination and know-how to improve King/Drew, regardless of political backlash. Ideas include a health authority, a separate board for each of the five county hospitals, perhaps a “surgeon general” over them all. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Firing the incompetent
FIRING THE INCOMPETENT: Culture change in a place that is that broken does involve heads rolling,” says Dr. Robert Wachter of UC San Francisco on the need to oust some employees. (Robert Durell / LAT)
New mind set
NEW MIND-SET: Dr. Cornelius Hopper, chair of a task force evaluating King/Drew, says ardent supporters, who often defend the status quo, must instead demand good care. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Breathing room
BREATHING ROOM: Dr. Donald Berwick of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement urges closing the hospital temporarily. “The best way to try to fix it is to give it a rest,” he says. (Chris Granger / The Times-Picayune)