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CareNow President and Founder Don Manelli, along with representatives from the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, the Department of Health Services, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health, and a host of medical, dental and vision volunteers were recognized at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting for serving thousands of uninsured or underinsured Los Angeles County residents.

Dr. Oz aired his show featuring CareNow November 23. Click here for more details.

More than 4,900 people received free medical, vision and dental care inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the four day CareNow Clinic. Now in its third year, CareNow is a non profit organization, founded by healthcare professionals dedicated to serving those who are underserved and uninsured. Eight hundred doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses, and general volunteers transformed the Los Angeles Coliseum into a medical clinic where people received on the spot medical attention.

Prior to receiving medical care, all CareNow patients received a green, gold, blue, or red CareNow wristband, representing one of the four days of the clinic. People wrapped around the Los Angeles Sports Arena as early as 6:00 a.m. to receive the coveted wristband from as far as the valley and as close as downtown Los Angeles.

Such was the case for Yvette Bailey, of downtown Los Angeles who brought her four children ages, two, six, 15, and 10 to the sports arena to receive their wristbands.

“I am excited,” said Yvette. We arrived at 10:00 a.m. there was not a long wait and the lines moved quickly.”

Likewise, first time CareNow patient, Gensis Cruz, age 19, from of Hollywood, arrived at 10:30 a.m. and found out about the clinic from her school counselor.

“This is a great opportunity for people. I don’t have anymore medical insurance. I need my wisdom teeth removed and I need glasses. I’m trying to work and I don’t have any money.”

Minutes from receiving her wristband, Gensis said,” This is very much appreciated.”

CareNow is made possible by volunteers and supported by financial and in kind donatinos from local and national supporters.

“It’s great to see familiar faces each year,” said third year CareNow volunteer and Paramount resident, Carolyn Dilqule “My mother taught me to give back to the community at a very young age.”

Sitting next to Carolyn was 31 year old Jazmin Anderson of Santa Monica. The single, full time, mother of two said, “I like to help. I first got involved as a student when the clinic was held at the Inglewood Forum. She went on to say, “This is an annual thing. I love to do it.”

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MLK Master Plan Meeting, October 26, 2011

The third community meeting for the MLK Medical Center Master Plan took place on October 25, 2011 at MLK. The County has invested nearly $3 Million to develop a long-term comprehensive master plan to more strategically use campus to provide high quality patient health care services, research, teaching and economic development opportunities. The master planning process provides an opportunity to think critically about the needs of patients, medical staff, community members and businesses and develop a plan for a new center that is reflective of those needs.

Over 100 community members participated in the meeting focused on the review of four distinct draft community models for the master plan. Each community model is structured differently to meet the critical needs that have been identified by the community in previous meetings. Each model provides opportunities for expansion of medical services, economic opportunities, recreational and community space, and education and research. After a presentation by master planning firm, Gensler, community members were invited to visit stations around the room and provide feedback about how they would feel using each space. The presentation and materials are available below:

Master Plan Presentation (PDF document)
Station Boards (PDF document)

Community comments will inform the final community master plan which will be presented at a final community meeting in early 2012. To provide your thoughts on the materials shared at the community meeting, please contact Clarice Nash at 626-300-2363 or email MLKJR.MP@gmail.com.

Harbor-UCLA Master Plan meeting

The second community meeting for the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Master Plan took place on October 12, 2011 at Victoria Park in Carson. The County has invested nearly $3 Million to develop a long-term comprehensive master plan to more strategically use the 72-acre campus to provide high quality patient health care services, research, teaching and economic development opportunities. The master planning process provides an opportunity to think critically about the needs of patients, medical staff, community members and businesses and develop a plan for a new center that is reflective of those needs.

The second community meeting focused on a review of the comments provided at the first community meeting in June 2011 and a review of the research collected to date by consultants Perkins + Will. Most notably, community comments to date have focused on the importance of health and wellness services on the campus including flexible clinic hours for patients, fitness programs, and space for exercise and community use. Additionally, comments also emphasize the need for local job opportunities and the shortage of parking on the campus.

Following the presentation, community members provided further comments on boards displayed around the room. The materials shared at the community meeting are available below:

Master Plan Presentation / Agenda
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Community input is critically important to the success of the master planning process. To provide your thoughts on the materials shared at the community meeting, please contact Clarice Nash at 626-300-2363 or email cnash@dpw.lacounty.gov. A final community meeting to present the community plan options will be hosted in early 2012.

Wristband distribution for the County’s largest free health clinic

More than 3,000 people wrapped around the Los Angeles Sports Arena to receive a CareNow green, gold, blue, or red wristband. The colored wristband corresponding with each of the four days of the clinic, is required to return to the sports arena to receive free medical, dental, and vision care during the four day clinic that will take place Thursday, October 20th through Sunday, October 23rd. The wristbands were originally scheduled to be handed out at 1:00 p.m. but due to the large crowds and warm temperatures, CareNow gave out wristbands two hours earlier.

People from as far as the valley to local downtown residents brought their family and friends down to the sports arena to guarantee their spot to receive free medical attention. Such was the case for Yvette Bailey, of downtown Los Angeles who brought her four children ages, two, six, 15, and 10 to the sports arena to receive their wristbands. “I am excited,” said Yvette. We arrived here at 10:00 a.m. there was not a long wait and the lines moved quickly.”

Yvette will return with her family on Sunday as a first time patient of the CareNow clinic.

Likewise, Gensis Cruz, age 19, from of Hollywood, arrived at 10:30 a.m. and will also be a first year CareNow patient on Thursday. She was informed from her school counselor of the clinic.

“This is a great opportunity for people. I don’t have anymore medical insurance. I need my wisdom teeth removed and I need glasses. I’m trying to work and I don’t have any money.”

Minutes from receiving her wristband, Gensis said,” This is very much appreciated.”

After receiving wristbands, future patients were notified to be on time, wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to wait due to the high demand of some services over others.

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Grand Opening of the new Martin Luther King Center for Public Health

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was joined by representatives from the Department of Public Health, numerous elected officials, and members of the South Los Angeles community to celebrate the grand opening of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health (formerly the South Health Center).

 

The public health center’s completion marks a major milestone in the first phase of a $400-million investment to transform the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center into a national center of excellence for health care delivery, urban health promotion, research and teaching, health workforce development, and economic development.

Part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Wellness Community, the new 31,000-square-foot facility will provide immunizations and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and contagious diseases.

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