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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center is named after Dr. King, a champion of equality for all people and an advocate for health care. Following the 1965 Watts Riots, a commission reported lack of access to health services as one of the contributing factors to the civil unrest, leading to a task force that laid the groundwork for a County-run, full-service hospital serving South Los Angeles.

MLK Hospital opened its doors in 1972 and served as a teaching institution for medical students completing their graduate medical education. In 2007, the hospital was transitioned to a Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center offering a full spectrum of primary and specialty services. In 2014, services were relocated to a new Outpatient Center building. Clinic leaders and staff are committed to providing compassionate, high-quality care that improves the health of patients and their families. 


Leadership
 

Cynthia Oliver Cynthia M. Oliver
Chief Executive Officer

Cynthia Oliver is responsible for the administrative direction, planning, organization, fiscal oversight and coordination of programs and services. Ms. Oliver received her degree in Health Services Administration and has more than 30 years of healthcare administration experience. She has served in various capacities at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, including Chief Operations Officer, Assistant Hospital Administrator, Accreditation and Compliance Officer, Limited English Proficiency Administrator and Productivity and Quality Coordinator.

 

Ellen Rothman Ellen Lerner Rothman, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Ellen Rothman, M.D. oversees the delivery of clinical services and works alongside the executive team to develop dynamic new programs. She brings a deep commitment to improving the health of the residents of South Los Angeles. Dr. Rothman has spent her career working with underserved communities both in South Los Angeles and on the Navajo Nation during her six years spent with the Indian Health Service. Dr. Rothman completed her medical training at Harvard and her Pediatric Residency at the Boston Children's Hospital.

 
Lessie Barber Lessie Barber, RN
Nursing Director
Lessie Barber has dedicated her career to the County of Los Angeles. She is responsible for all areas of nursing services and provides direct support to the Central Sterile Unit, Urgent Care, Referral Center and several clinics. Ms. Barber received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of California, Dominguez Hills. Prior to her role as the Nursing Director, she began as a Supervising Staff Nurse in Ambulatory Care and was promoted to Nurse Manager. She served in Nurse Staffing Operations, later as the Patient Flow Manager and excelled in Patient Flow/Bed Management, Nursing Informatics and Patient Classification Systems.