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AltaMed Opens First-of-its-Kind Health Care Center in the Nation
Date:8/22/2008

32,000 Sq. Ft. Facility Helps Tackle Health Care Crisis by Providing Sorely Needed Medical, Dental and Senior Services to Critically Underserved Area

of Los Angeles County

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- AltaMed Health Services along with community and political leaders, celebrated today the grand opening of the Family Health and Wellness Center located in the heart of El Monte. With a population in critical need of health care services, the Family Health and Wellness Center represents a new model for how medical services will be provided to underserved communities in the future.

The center co-locates quality senior programs with conventional clinic services such as prenatal, internal medicine, dental health, pediatrics and even HIV specialty care. The first-of-its-kind in the nation to be operated by an independent community-based non-profit, the center will allow seniors who come in for clinical care to access an array of supportive services (such as social work services, counseling and meals) and will allow seniors enrolled in support programs to have direct access to primary medical care.

The center's comprehensive and specialized services for the whole family, from birth to the golden years, will be a significant addition to a community with a patient-to-doctor ratio of 10,000 to 1. This is startling when one considers that communities in Los Angeles' Westside have a patient-to-doctor ratio of 250 to 1 and that the country of Iraq has a ratio of 1,500 to 1.

"AltaMed's Family Health and Wellness Center in El Monte is the culmination of years of work to develop a model of service that meets the health needs of every family member at every age," said Castulo de la Rocha, President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services Corporation. "This unique model will serve as a vehicle to address the health crisis in this medically underserved area and can be duplicated in communities across the nation."

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