It has been a busy year of innovation at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center in the delivery of ambulatory services. Highlights include expanding evening hours in primary care,HUB pediatrics, and in Cardiology for echocardiograms; our Saturday morning Spa program for cancer prevention in women’s health and a new integrated care delivery system to address the needs of adults with complex health problems. We opened a new clinic to address the needs of adults with sickle cell disease. The clinic offers integrated primary care and hematology care, behavioral health through partnership with co-located DMH social workers, and complementary therapies of acupuncture and yoga. The clinic benefits from strong partnerships with the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of Southern California and the Center for Inherited Blood disorders, who sponsor community health workers and a nurse educator to round out the clinic. The clinic concept was recognized with a Brilliance Award from NACo. MLK, Jr. continues to focus on the core DHS mission. We were honored to win Patient Safety Awards in the categories of Best Implemented Project for our Transitions of Care Program; Best Patient Safety Video and our own Nurse CareManager, Debbie Perry, was honored as the Patient Safety Advocate. Our PCMH – CIT demonstrated strides in meeting our cancer prevention screening PRIME goals and clinic hours have been expanded to offer evening hours to better serve our patients. For the past 45 years, Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center has stood in the community as a patient-centered facility. Our focus on “Patients First” has set the tone for our patients to know that the quality and improvement of their health is our number one priority.
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