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By Sentinel News Service
Published September 6, 2013

AltaMed Health Services, an independent federally qualified community health center will be breaking ground on their first location in South Los Angeles, a senior care center located in Watts.  Community leaders, elected officials and residents will all participate in the September 13 groundbreaking event, which is open to the public.

“This groundbreaking and the subsequent opening of our new location is a historic moment for AltaMed,” says Cástulo de la Rocha, AltaMed president/CEO. 

“It is our organization’s mission to eliminate disparities in health access to the diverse, multi-ethnic communities of Southern California.  For too long there has been an unmet need in South Los Angeles, and we are excited to bring much needed resources to Watts residents.”

Over the past six months, AltaMed has been meeting with community leaders, faith leaders and local residents in Watts to discuss the specific health care services it will bring to the community and the potential job opportunities. 

“Our community deserves to have its fair share of health care services as any other,” said Pastor Frederick Howard, SouthSide Bethel Baptist Church, Family of Purpose.  “I believe by having AltaMed in Watts we have the opportunity to begin addressing this issue, as well as that of jobs.  Their presence will help provide job opportunities and much needed economic development.”

While serving communities throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties, AltaMed is new to the South L.A. community.  Opening a senior care site at 1776 East Century Boulevard early next year, the organization is connecting with local leaders to meet members of the community.  “I am very excited about AltaMed coming to Watts,” said Sweet Alice Harris.  “Not only because they will be providing desperately needed health care services for our seniors, but because they kept their word! Through a great deal of outreach, they have proven to be a good community partner and have honored their commitments.” 

The site will care for frail, elderly residents who are eligible for nursing home care, but will remain in their homes.  Enrolled participants will receive adult day care, dentistry, laboratory, diagnostic services, meals and physical and occupational therapies.  Transportation, home care, hospital and nursing home care are coordinated as necessary.  The service is the first of its kind in the South L.A. community.  Residents interested in learning more about the new site can call AltaMed’s Community Access Point at 1-877-462-2582.

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