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Center for Community Health Opens in Skid Row to Provide Healthcare Services to Nearly 9,000 Patients Annually
Date:10/29/2009

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Weingart Center Association, JWCH Institute and the County of Los Angeles announced today the opening of the Center for Community Health Downtown Los Angeles, a state-of-the-art medical facility that provides integrated care to the more than 18,000 homeless and low-income people in and around Skid Row. The 21,000-square-foot facility, located at 522 S. San Pedro Street, is expected to meet the healthcare needs of nearly 9,000 patients annually. The center will provide a variety of medical services under one roof, including medical, mental health, substance abuse services, dentistry, ophthalmology and pharmacy. The opening of the center represents more than five years of dedicated work by collaborative partners and successfully demonstrates how important public-private partnerships are in addressing the needs of the community.

"This is an unprecedented opportunity to open a health center that provides comprehensive services under one roof," said Gregory C. Scott, president and chief executive officer of the Weingart Center Association. "The Weingart Center is very excited to be a part of this collaboration that provides the much-needed access to care and a 'medical home' for the people in our community without the stigma associated with lack of housing and poor access to health coverage."

Los Angeles County's estimated homeless population is the largest in the nation. On any given night there are there are approximately 75,000 homeless people living on the streets, of which 5,000 are located in Los Angeles' Skid Row. According to the Los Angeles Housing Authority, more than 74 percent are affected by depression, mental illness, substance abuse, physical disabilities, AIDS/HIV related illnesses, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other chronic health conditions. Hospital emergency rooms are the primary source of healthcare for 48 percent of these individuals who lack access to regular medical serv
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