DIRECTOR’S DESK CHRISTINA R. GHALY, MD
As the weather begins to warm up, I hope you have had a moment to get outside to enjoy the changing seasons and the blooms that seem to be everywhere. There is evidence that doing so has positive health and mental effects.
The news cycles have been talking extensively about the future of medication abortions, including those performed using mifepristone. Abortion is legal in California and LA Health Services will continue to provide access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health care, which includes medication abortion.
LA Health Services has a sufficient supply of mifepristone, one of two drugs commonly prescribed for medication abortion. If the court system prevents further marketing and distribution of that drug, well-established practice and extensive scientific evidence support the use of a second FDA approved drug, misoprostol, both alone and in combination for medication abortion.
Safe and confidential abortion care remains available to pregnant people of any age, regardless of immigration status, or insurance coverage. LA Health Services patients can find more information on family planning services, including safe and confidential access to mifepristone at: LA Heath Services Family Planning. We also offer a breadth of Women’s Health care services across the lifespan.
This month we have much to celebrate and be grateful for.
Congratulations to the College of Nursing and Allied Health (CONAH) that was awarded approval for national accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). This is an important accomplishment, and you can read about it below.
April was Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational Therapy is offered at facilities across the department. The services offered by Occupational Therapists help individuals to return to activities that are important to them and activities of daily living. Thanks to our Occupation Therapy teams for all you do.
April 23-29 was Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. Thank you to our laboratory staff across the department that provide vital services to our patients. The article below includes photos of our exceptional teams and a fun video they put together.
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center’s Wheelchair Basketball Team placed 5th in the Nation in their 2022-2023 season. Congratulations to all the hard-working athletes!
Our staff provide a variety of health care services to individuals all over the County including in the correctional facilities. Take a moment to learn about some of the services offered to help individuals safely and successfully transition out of a correctional facility into the community. The START program provides treatment to those contending with substance use disorders to help them break the cycle of addiction and incarceration.
Thank you for all you do.
Dr. Christina Ghaly
L.A. County College of Nursing and Allied Health Achieves National AccreditationL.A. County College of Nursing and Allied Health Achieves National Accreditation https://dhs.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/CONAH-Logo.png 687 185 Health Services Los Angeles County //dhs.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/dhs-logo.svg
The LA County College of Nursing and Allied Health (CONAH) is regionally accredited through the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC). Recently, the College was awarded approval for national accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).learn more
Occupational Therapy Month 2023Occupational Therapy Month 2023 https://dhs.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/DHS-OTs-OT-Month2-1024x574.png 1024 574 Health Services Los Angeles County //dhs.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/dhs-logo.svg
April is Occupational Therapy Month! Occupational Therapy is an integral part of the services provided by Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services.learn more
Medical Laboratory Professionals WeekMedical Laboratory Professionals Week https://dhs.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Lab-Week-Logo-V4.png 455 260 Health Services Los Angeles County //dhs.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/dhs-logo.svg
This year we celebrate Lab Week on April 23-29. Lab week is our opportunity to celebrate and recognize the valuable work of our clinical laboratories and the dedicated people who work there. LA Health Services (DHS) is made up of 10 clinical laboratories supporting three acute care medical centers, a rehab center, and six comprehensive healthcare centers, ambulatory care centers, and urgent care clinics.learn more
Rancho Los Amigos Wheelchair Basketball Team places 5th in the Nation!Rancho Los Amigos Wheelchair Basketball Team places 5th in the Nation! https://dhs.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Rancho-D1-1024x768.jpg 1024 768 Health Services Los Angeles County //dhs.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/dhs-logo.svg
The Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Rancho) Halos Wheelchair Basketball Program, established in 1987, provides physically disabled adults and children the opportunity to participate in success-oriented and competitive wheelchair sports activities.learn more
Substance Treatment and Re-Entry Transition (START)Substance Treatment and Re-Entry Transition (START) https://dhs.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/HOR-CHS-Color-V3-1024x488.jpg 1024 488 Health Services Los Angeles County //dhs.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/dhs-logo.svg
The Department of Health Services – Integrated Correctional Health Services (ICHS) is one of the world’s largest county-run correctional health system and provides the continuum of care for in-custody adults ranging from chronic disease management, psychiatric, behavioral health, and addiction medicine services.learn more