LOS ANGELES, November 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Venice Family Clinic and South Bay Family Health Care, who have together provided more than a century of health care to residents of LA County in need, announced today that they have completed their merger and that they were moving forward as one organization.
Operating as the Venice Family Clinic, the nonprofit community health center extends the reach and comprehensiveness of its services to the 45,000 patients the two organizations serve and those without care in their combined service areas. extending from the Santa Monica Mountains to the South Bay.
“The need for more comprehensive health care and better access to that care has never been clearer,” said the Venice Family Clinic CEO. Elizabeth Benson Drillerwho will lead the merged organization. “This merger comes during a global public health crisis of historic proportions, and at a time when communities around the world Los Angeles grapple with the consequences of inequities in access to and delivery of health care. The Venice Family Clinic and South Bay Family Health Care have been longtime allies in the fight to overcome health care disparities, and together as an organization we will continue to provide access to health care. of high quality to those in need, to strengthen health equity and to deliver better outcomes for our patients and the communities we serve. »
Each health center has been providing care for over 50 years and has grown to serve neighboring areas ranging from malibu in Torrance and overlapping in Inglewood and Hawthorne. Health center management teams have worked together for many years to better serve these areas, and their continued collaboration informed the decision to merge operations.
“We share the same mission, the same values and the same commitment to provide care with compassion, dignity and respect,” said Jann HamiltonLee, who served as CEO of South Bay Family Health Care and will now serve as senior executive of the combined organization until his retirement in December. “By merging, we will advance our shared mission to provide high-quality healthcare to people, regardless of their ability to pay, insurance or immigration status. Most importantly, we can do more together to our patients than the two organizations could do separately, and that’s what makes this merger so exciting.”
Patients at both health centers can expect the same high-quality care they currently receive with the same providers and in the same locations. At the same time, the unified organization will be able to develop and expand innovative programs that improve access to care and improve patient and community health. For example, the Venice Family Clinic plans to expand its pioneering street medicine program, which provides health care to homeless people, to South Bay.
“Each of us has a proud tradition of caring for our communities, and we will apply the best of each to create a stronger unified organization,” Forer said. “Building on these legacies, we plan to expand our care to help people whose needs remain unmet.”
About Venice Family Clinic
The Venice Family Clinic is a leader in providing high quality, comprehensive primary health care to those in need. Having recently merged with South Bay Family Health Care, the combined organization serves 45,000 patients across 17 locations in Venice, santa monica, March Vista, Inglewood, City of Culver, Redondo Beach, carson, Gardena and Hawthorne as well as two mobile clinics and an extensive street medicine program for homeless people. The clinic provides integrated care by creating a one-stop health system that offers multiple services, often in the same places and at the same time as primary care appointments. These services include dental care, addiction treatment, mental health services, vision services, child development services, health education, prescription drugs, domestic violence counseling , HIV services and health insurance registration. For more information, visit VeniceFamilyClinic.org. follow us on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.
About South Bay Family Health Care
South Bay Family Health Care (SBFHC) is now part of the Venice Family Clinic. SBFHC was founded in 1969 as a free family planning clinic and has grown to five primary care clinics in Redondo Beach, Gardena, Inglewood and carson. For more information, visit sbfhc.org.
SOURCE Venice Family Clinic