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Mission City Clinic to Have Upgraded Facility PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Garcia   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

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A vacant lot sandwiched between a motel and an appliance repair shop along Sepulveda Boulevard in North Hills will house a new clinic that is part of the Mission City Community Network (MCCN) Incorporated.

MCCN representatives, along with elected officials and other dignitaries, took part in a recent groundbreaking ceremony at the site, where a new, state-of- the art, three-story building will be located in 2015 to provide expanded health services to low income and uninsured patients.

During the ceremony, Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California Community Benefit Program presented a $500,000 check to support the construction efforts. The donation will also help MCCN purchase medical equipment.

“We’ve been a partner with Mission City Community for many years. We try to align ourselves with organizations and groups that do what we do – help people,” said Sandra Hernandez-Millett, spokeswoman for Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

“We are bridging a health care gap by identifying and addressing barriers to the care of traditionally underrepresented groups,” added Angela Coron, Community Benefit managing director.

“By providing funding and sharing our best practices with community clinics, we partner with the safety net to help people get the care they need. This personal attention to each individual improves the health of our communities,” Coron said.

The Affordable Health Care Act, known as ObamaCare, has enabled millions of previously uninsured people access to medical coverage. The mea- sure does not extend to undocu- mented people, however. About 400,000 of them lack health coverage in Los Angeles County, according to the Health Access Foundation.

“Even with the Health Care Act, there’s this gap and need for services and that need is going to grow,” Hernandez-Millett said. “There are people who are barely making ends meet and don’t have insurance.”

Those are the people that MCCN has been helping since it opened its doors in 1989. That year it had more than 3,000 clinic visits. In 2012, the facility had 10,000 patients and experi- enced more than 30,000 clinic visits.

Among them is Aida Vlught, who has been visiting MCCN for 24 years. She suffers from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but said she kept it in check even when she had no health care insurance.

“It can be a scary position to be in, but my neighborhood clinic cared for me,” said Vlught. “I am so happy they’re expanding and building a new clinic in North Hills. The last thing I want to see is people having to postpone care because they do not have the money.”

The new three-story building, to be located near where the North Hills clinic now stands (along Parthenia Street), will be more than twice the size of the original facility, better serving some 9,000 patients in the communities of North Hills, Mission Hills, Van Nuys, and Panorama City.

Dental and pharmacy services will be located on the first floor. Medical and behavioral health clinics will be on the second floor, and administrative offices will be located on the third floor.

Other features will include 35 primary and dental exam rooms, six provider rooms, a nurse’s station, a health education room, and a conference room.

Construction should be completed by December 2014, with the new clinic opening in the spring of 2015.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 01:14