Family health

Venice Family Clinic completes merger with South Bay Family Health Care

The Venice Family Clinic and South Bay Family Health Care, which together have provided more than a century of health care to LA County residents in need, recently announced that they have completed their merger and will forward as a single 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 Elizabeth Benson Forer, CEO of Venice Family Clinic, which will lead the merged organization. “This merger comes during a global public health crisis of historic proportions, and at a time when communities in Los Angeles are grappling with the consequences of inequities in healthcare access and delivery. 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. high-quality health to those in need, strengthen health equity and deliver better outcomes for our patients and the communities we serve.

Each health center has been providing care for more than 50 years, expanding to serve neighboring areas stretching from Malibu to 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, values ​​and commitment to providing care with compassion, dignity and respect,” said Jann Hamilton Lee, who served as CEO of South Bay Family Health Care and will now serve as senior executive. of the merged organization. until his retirement in December. “By merging, we will advance our shared mission to provide high quality health care to people regardless of their ability to pay, insurance or immigration status. More importantly, we will be able to do more together for 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 heritage 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.”