Lestonnac Free Clinic Opens New Health Clinic in Artesia

Expanding care to underserved communities of Artesia, Cerritos and Hawaiian Gardens

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: February 5, 2013

Lestonnac Free Clinic Opens New Health Clinic in Artesia

Lestonnac Free Clinic, in partnership with UnitedHealthcare, H.O.P.E. Artesia and Joy of Sharing Foundation, opened a new clinic this past Friday, February 1st to provide free medical and ophthalmic services to underserved residents of Artesia, Cerritos and Hawaiian Gardens.

Community leaders and partners participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house where local residents received free primary care services, including medical and ophthalmology exams. The new clinic ÔÇô located at 11423 187th Street, Suite 101, Artesia, Calif., 90701 ÔÇô is Lestonnac Free Clinic's fifth location in Southern California.

The new 750-square-foot clinic is made possible through a $5,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare, which will be used to purchase the medical supplies to treat patients. H.O.P.E. Artesia is donating the space for the clinic and also providing ophthalmic services, and the Joy of Sharing Foundation is providing volunteer doctors and support staff for the clinic.

"We are grateful to all of our partners and volunteers, including UnitedHealthcare, H.O.P.E. Artesia and the Joy of Sharing Foundation, for their support in making this new clinic a reality," said Edward Gerber, executive director, Lestonnac Free Clinic. "Without their generosity, we would not have the resources necessary to expand our services and provide an important safety net for underserved individuals and families in these communities."

Lestonnac Free Clinic is primarily a volunteer organization working with local physicians and hospitals to meet the health care needs of low- and no-income families in the community, providing critical health care services to underserved residents of Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. Established in 1979, the nonprofit's clinics have continuously increased the number of patients served. In the last three years alone, the clinics in Los Alamitos, Stanton, Tustin and Riverside have treated nearly 20,000 patients. Lestonnac also operates a mobile clinic in Riverside County.

On Friday, along with the ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house for the public, volunteer physicians and health practitioners began serving patients from the area, providing free primary care and ophthalmic services. Patients were also provided with health, wellness and nutrition educational materials as well as information about the new clinic's services.

"Lestonnac Free Clinic has been an important part of this region for more than three decades, and this new facility will provide much needed clinical care and patient services to underserved people in the community," said Alex Uhm, chief operating officer, UnitedHealthcare of California. "UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support Lestonnac Free Clinic in its efforts to help enhance the health and quality of life for local residents."

About Lestonnac Free Clinic

Lestonnac Free Clinic, founded by Sister Marie Therese in 1979, is devoted to providing free, comprehensive medical care to the poorest of the poor in Orange County, California, as well as dental care to our currently established patients. We are a nonprofit, primarily volunteer organization working with local physicians and local hospitals to meet the health care needs of low and no-income families in our community.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 780,000 physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

About H.O.P.E. Artesia

Health Opportunities Provided for Everyone Artesia (H.O.P.E. Artesia) is an ophthalmology nonprofit 501 (c) (3) clinic founded by Kenneth Sall, M.D. dedicated to preserving the eyesight of indigent and medically uninsured patients in the Los Angeles and Orange County communities. Our objective is to identify, screen, educate, and treat individuals that are at risk of losing their eyesight due to cataract, glaucoma, or diabetes.

About Joy of Sharing Foundation
The mission of Joy of Sharing Foundation is to do humanitarian activities world over. The foundation is led by Nitin Shah, M.D., B.U. Patel, and Hemlata Parekh, M.D., and created to help underprivileged people in different parts of the world. Support for Lestonnac's Free Clinic in Artesia is their first project.

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