Many uninsured San Gabriel Valley patients often must travel to LAC+USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights for emergency and urgent care services, which is not conducive to quality and timely care. In response, today the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an investment of $6.6 million to renovate the El Monte Comprehensive Health Center Primary Care Clinic, which includes adding an Urgent Care Center to the facility, to ensure local residents gain quick access to emergency medical care.

“Many San Gabriel Valley residents, particularly Latino and Asian American immigrant communities, children, and senior citizens, lack access to quality health care,” said LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, whose First District includes the City of El Monte. “I am committed to eliminating this gap that hurts our most vulnerable and underserved communities, and to expanding access to health care services for all residents in the San Gabriel Valley.”

In a letter, which was approved by the Board of Supervisors, the LA County Department of Public Works requested that the Board approve the two plans and authorize the advertising of the proposals so that the Department could actualize a contract for the projects. The projects have a combined total budget of $6.6 million.

The $1.3 million Primary Care Clinic construction project will entail remodeling 3,400 square feet to accommodate a reception and waiting room, a treatment room, eight exam rooms, staff and managerial offices, and restrooms. The new spaces will allow medical professionals to treat patients with health maintenance and chronic disease management services.

The construction of a new $1.7 million Urgent Care Center will include refurbishing 5,400 square feet to house a reception and waiting room, a nurse’s station, two triage rooms, four observation rooms, a treatment room, education and counseling offices, five exam rooms, restrooms, and staff and managerial offices. The Urgent Care Center will be located on the first floor of the El Monte Comprehensive Health Center. Both the Primary Care Clinic and the Urgent Care Center will be located at 10953 Ramona Blvd. in the City of El Monte.

The projects will also include the removal and installation of new partitions, ceiling tiles, flooring and casework; fire alarm system upgrades, and compliance with accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The construction is expected to begin in June 2019 and is estimated to be completed in September 2020.

These proposals require that at least 30 percent of total California craft worker hours be performed by local residents and at least 10 percent be performed by Targeted Workers facing employment barriers. The construction projects will be funded by the County Department of Health Services.

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Communications Director, 213-359-0795 or rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov