Who We Are – Health Center

Dollarhide Health Center

header-title-decorationWho We Are – Health Center

Dollarhide Health Center provides primary care services for adults and children. The Center is named after Douglas F. Dollarhide, the City of Compton’s first elected African-American council member and mayor. The Center has provided health services to families in the community since 1983.

Dollarhide and other Health Services outpatient facilities are transforming delivery of care through the creation of primary care medical homes, where patients see the same provider on every visit and where care is always coordinated. Patient-centered services are provided in a caring and safe environment.


Yolanda Vera
Chief Executive Officer

Yolanda Vera is responsible for the administrative direction, planning, organization, fiscal oversight and coordination of all programs and services. Ms. Vera served as the Chief Counsel, Senior Policy Advisor and Senior Health Deputy for Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and played a significant leadership role in the opening of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center and Community Hospital. She has an extensive background in civil rights with a dedicated focus on health-related matters. Ms. Vera graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1987, from Loyola Marymount University in 1983.


Ellen Lerner Rothman, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

Ellen Rothman, M.D. oversees the delivery of clinical services and works alongside the executive team to develop dynamic new programs. She brings a deep commitment to improving the health of the residents of South Los Angeles. Dr. Rothman has spent her career working with underserved communities both in South Los Angeles and on the Navajo Nation during her six years spent with the Indian Health Service. Dr. Rothman completed her medical training at Harvard and her Pediatric Residency at the Boston Children’s Hospital.


Lessie Barber, RN
Nursing Director

Lessie Barber has dedicated her career to the County of Los Angeles. She is responsible for all areas of nursing services and provides direct support to the Central Sterile Unit, Urgent Care, Referral Center and several clinics. Ms. Barber received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of California, Dominguez Hills. Prior to her role as the Nursing Director, she began as a Supervising Staff Nurse in Ambulatory Care and was promoted to Nurse Manager. She served in Nurse Staffing Operations, later as the Patient Flow Manager and excelled in Patient Flow/Bed Management, Nursing Informatics and Patient Classification Systems.


Osahon Ekhaese, MBA, FACHE, CPHQ
Associate Hospital Administrator

Mr. Ekhaese is currently the Associate Hospital Administrator at MLK OPC. Prior to joining MLK OPC, Mr. Ekhaese was an Assistant Hospital Administrator at Harbor – UCLA Medical Center. Before joining Health Services, he was employed by Kaiser Permanente where he served as Director of Revenue Cycle for the Greater Alameda Service Area for 7 years and was responsible for the oversight of Revenue Cycle Operations for the area. He holds a B.S degree in Healthcare Administration and an MBA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and a Certified Healthcare Quality Professional (CPHQ).