A multipurpose Wellness Center is being planned for
75,000 square foot of space located on the first floor of the historic Los Angeles County General Hospital building, which was closed in 2008.
The goal of the Wellness Center, which is scheduled to open in late 2012, is to provide comprehensive preventive and connected medical and mental health services to the underserved Los Angeles County population, especially residents of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles.
The community-based planning process, led by community partner Amigos de los Rios, to date has included input from close to 450 participants through a series of seven bilingual meetings and surveys.
Some of the services that will be provided at the “one-stop shop” include health prevention programs such as education about diabetes, arthritis and hypertension, prenatal care, HIV/AIDS, and exercise programs. Patients will be
referred offsite for services not covered at the facility. The offsite services will
include primary health care, mental health and dental care.
The Wellness Center will provide:
- A way to honor the history of healing at General Hospital by utilizing the first floor– and eventually its upper 19 floors – as a common space where nonprofits can coordinate wellness programming and promote prevention of disease.
- A communal space for the community and patients. The Center is being developed with input from the community, non-profit organizations and patients.
- A way to connect patients to wellness care. LAC+USC physicians will issue “Wellness & Park Prescriptions” to patients for Wellness Center services.
- A safe space to play and exercise. The Wellness Center will include fitness trails, jogging paths, exercise courts and age appropriate play and equipment.