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Monday, September 1, 2014

Medical care sounds better when you call it Silver Lake

Many people say the area near the intersection of Glendale Boulevard and Temple Street is part of Echo Park. Others have named this neighborhood south of the 101 freeway Historic Filipinotown. But Silver Lake? Well, it may not be Silver Lake but the name still sounded good to the new owners of the Silver Lake Medical Center. The vinyl banners with the new name went up about 1-1/2 weeks ago on the former City of Angels Medical Center located near the southbound Glendale Boulevard exit off the 101 freeway. This was the same hospital whose former chief executive officer was arrested last summer as part of an investigation into a Medicare and Medical scam using homeless people.

The hospital changed name and ownership last November but is only now getting around to changing the signage, said new Chief Executive Officer of the Silver Lake Medical Center Chief Steve Hopkins.

So, why not call the place the Historic Filipinotown Hospital or the Echo Park Psychiatric Pavilion (god knows there would be plenty of business). Well, first off Hopkins wants to make clear that the name was selected before he took the job. So, don’t blame him.

“Echo Park was considered and so was Elysian,” said Hopkins, who came from running hospitals in Gardena and East Los Angeles. “For the most part it was just based on what would be an appropriate sounding name for a hospital. It’s a more typical sounding hospital name. Even though its technically not in Silver lake … we are close.”

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