LOS ANGELES – Today, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair, Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, Los Angeles County Health Services, and the City of Bell hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and wellness fair to mark the grand opening of the new Bell Health Center with over 600 community residents in attendance.
“The launch of the Bell Health Center comes at a crucial moment as the County commits to the ongoing work of addressing systemic inequities in areas like healthcare,” said Chair Solis. “Preventive care is one of the primary means in which residents can better manage their health and chronic conditions like high blood pressure and obesity. Right now, many residents in the Southeast region have to travel up to seven miles or more to get to the nearest primary care site, making it a challenge to properly manage their health. By reducing barriers to these essential services, we can improve health outcomes by providing the essential resources residents need to thrive.”
The event featured a free fun-filled outdoor community event with music, giveaways, free health screenings, health and wellness information from community organizations, and free laptops, hotspots, and baby supplies to qualifying families. Los Angeles County Health Services also hosted a COVID-19 vaccine clinic offering the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. A total of 65 residents were vaccinated on-site.
“Our focus at Health Services has always been to deliver world-class community-based care that is accessible and welcoming for everyone,” said Margarita Pereyda, MD, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Ambulatory Care Network. “By expanding our footprint in the Southeast Los Angeles region, more residents will have access to quality primary care services provided at Bell Health Center, including doctor visits, nurse visits, lab draws, and immunizations. Through Health Services’ expansive network of specialists, medical centers, hospitals and community programs, patients will also have access to a wide range of clinical care, supportive services, mental health care, substance use disorder treatment, social workers, health educators, community health navigators, and specialty care – such as cardiology, dermatology, physical therapy, and surgery.”
“The City of Bell is proud to be the home of the new Los Angeles County Department of Health Services health center where residents from the region will have access to comprehensive healthcare,” said City of Bell Mayor Alicia Romero. “On behalf of the community, I would like to express our deep gratitude to Supervisor Solis for her commitment to the health and well-being of Southeast Los Angeles.”
The launch of this health center comes after an evaluation of the health services offered in the community that identified Southeast Los Angeles as a community with the highest need and lowest primary care access areas in the County.
About Los Angeles County Health Services
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) is the second largest municipal health system in the nation. LA Health Services is at the forefront of delivering compassionate whole-person care to those who need it the most. Through an integrated system of 25 health centers and four hospitals – and through partnerships with community-based clinics — DHS annually cares for over 800,000 unique patients, employs over 23,000 staff, and has an annual operating budget of $6.2 billion. DHS delivers exceptional primary, preventive, specialized and urgent healthcare services to the most vulnerable, treating medically complex patients, tending to the needs of hard-to-reach populations – and ultimately delivering the high-quality care, respectful and culturally-appropriate treatment that every individual deserves. LA Health Services also provides healthcare to youth in the juvenile justice system, inmates in County jails, and foster care children. DHS Community Programs include Housing for Health and the Office of Diversion and Re-entry, each playing a critical role in connecting vulnerable populations, including people experiencing homelessness and those released from correctional and institutional settings to supportive housing.
Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Director, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov