QueensCare Health Centers Breaks Ground on New Site

September 25, 2013

CONTACT: Bianca Rodas

PHONE: (323) 669-4339

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QueensCare Health Centers Breaks Ground on New Site

QueensCare Health Centers (QHC) broke ground on its new, state-of-the-art health center in East Los Angeles yesterday, September 24, 2013.

The celebration was momentous for the organization, marking the start of the construction phase which is expected to end by December 2014. Present were U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and representatives from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s office, as well as enthusiastic members of the community.

The health center will be a 25,000-square-foot medical home for thousands of low-income patients in East Los Angeles. The site will consolidate QHC’s two preexisting eastside clinics and will feature eight dental operatories and 38 medical examination rooms. At full capacity, the site will record more than 55,000 patient visits, which translates to 14,920 unduplicated patients. This number is double the combined capacities of the two current QHC East Los Angeles health centers and represents an agency-wide patient increase of 25%. The site will also create many new jobs within the community. The center is slated to open in January 2015.

Local philanthropies, The Rose Hills Foundation and the W.M. Keck Foundation, have contributed $300,000 and $250,000, respectively, to support this vital project. Both foundations have a strong history of supporting programs that serve the poor and vulnerable in Los Angeles County, and QHC is proud to count them as partners in this large undertaking.

QueensCare Health Centers’ mission is to provide quality primary healthcare that is accessible to any patient in need in the communities we serve, regardless of ability to pay. A non-profit community health center organization, it was founded in 1925 to care for abandoned and neglected children. Since then, QHC has grown into one of the largest, most progressive Federally Qualified Health Centers in the nation, treating all patients regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or income. The agency currently operates six sites in Hollywood, Eagle Rock, Echo Park and East Los Angeles. For more information about QueensCare Health Centers, please visit www.QueensCareHealthCenters.org.