Ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Urgent Care Center in El Monte
Ambulatory Care Network CEO, Quentin O’Brien, and San Gabriel Valley Health Center Group Director, Ernest Espinoza, welcomed Los Angeles County Supervisor, Hilda Solis, of the First District, as she dedicated the new Urgent Care Center and Primary Care Expansion at the El Monte Comprehensive Health Center.
The Ribbon-Cutting ceremony took place on November 3, 2022. This project converted unused space that was previously used as an outpatient surgery facility. The total project cost for this endeavor was budgeted at $6.625 million. The new 5,400 square foot Urgent Care Center includes five exam rooms; four observation rooms; a treatment room; and education/counseling space. The 3,400 square feet of new Primary Care space provides eight exam rooms and a treatment room.
“Many San Gabriel Valley residents, particularly Latino and Asian-American immigrant communities, children and senior citizens, lack access to quality health care,” Supervisor Solis said in a statement. “This beautiful new Urgent Care Center and Primary Care Clinic will provide more care to the communities that rely on DHS for their needs.”
Using a phased-in approach as staff are recruited to fill vacancies, the Urgent Care Center implementation will increase capacity by an additional 9,700 annual visits, for a total of approximately 13,000 visits per year. This provides much-needed, enhanced access to LA Health Services for residents of the eastern portion of Los Angeles County. The Urgent Care Center provides a cost-effective alternative to using an Emergency Room and provides care for acute conditions that cannot wait for an appointment with your doctor. Significantly, the new Urgent Care Center accepts patients who are uninsured or who have Medi-Cal Managed Care assigned to a DHS provider.
“Along with the increased access to a patient-centered medical home, this will help DHS achieve its mission of reducing unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations,” said Ernest Espinoza. “Without this Urgent Care Center, patients in the San Gabriel Valley needed to travel to LA General Medical Center in Boyle Heights, 10 miles away, for urgent care.”
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