T.H.E Clinic unveiled its new mobile healthcare van on the Dorsey High School campus Wednesday. Outfitted with two complete treatment rooms and staffed by a physician assistant an/or a nurse practitioner, the van targets teens as well as the general public, and will be open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Dorsey High, 3537 Farmdale Ave.; Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-6p.m. at Crenshaw High (5010 11th Ave., Los Angeles); and Thursday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Lennox Library, 4359 Lennox Blvd., Lennox). T.H.E Clinic’s goal is to provide care to everyone who needs it but may not have access because of finances or other barriers.
In other news, T.H.E Clinic is among one of the first ambulatory care organizations in the country to be awarded a new Primary Medical Home (PCMH) designation by the Joint Commission. The commission is a non-profit organization that conducts onsite inspections to evaluate compliance with standards for healthcare facilities and hospitals. T.H.E clinic was accredited as an ambulatory-care organization and designated as a Primary Care Medical Home earning the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of approval on Sept. 27. The medical home program launched in July 2011 to evaluate how effectively a primary-care clinician and interdisciplinary team work in partnership with the patient to provide comprehensive, coordinated and patient-centered care.
T.H.E Clinic was founded in 1974 to provide low-cost, high quality healthcare in South Central Los Angeles. The clinic was initially opened to serve uninsured, low-pay income mothers looking for healthcare for their families, but has now expanded its programs to serve the public daily during the week, providing services such as physical exams, chronic disease screening, prostate exams and more.