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Janice Hahn
Closure of King/Drew Unit Likely

Despite community protests, an on-air assault by a popular radio host and the near-unanimous opposition of city political leaders, most of the county supervisors said they remain committed to vote, probably Tuesday, in favor of closing the trauma center at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center. Their stand reflects political reality: The Los Angeles County board faces pressures to close the center that are no less compelling than the public pressures to keep it open. At this point, backing down would be difficult. County officials contend that closing the trauma center, which treated 2,150 patients with critical wounds last year, is crucial to turning around a troubled hospital...

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