Every National Doctors’ Day, we honor and commemorate physicians for the incredible work they do for patients. Given the socioeconomic challenges faced by the community, this year, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles physicians are recognizing National Doctors’ Day differently by giving back to an organization that has helped promote health and wellness within its local communities.
On March 30, 2021, during their weekly physician meeting, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles physicians presented a $20,000 check to St. Margaret’s Center, a community center serving Inglewood and Lennox residents. Many tuned in virtually to watch the celebration.
“Supporting those in need is not only part of our career as physicians but part of who we are at Kaiser Permanente,” said Dr. Kirk Tamaddon, area medical director and chief of staff, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles. “This National Doctors’ Day my colleagues were inspired to donate to St. Margaret’s Center because of the powerful work they do for communities in need. We strongly believe that health does not exist without food and shelter.”
St. Margaret’s Center provides a comprehensive range of emergency and supportive services to about 10,000 unduplicated individuals annually. Over the years, many have relied on St. Margaret’s Center for services and referrals for food, shelter, legal, medical, employment, housing, education and social services. Currently, about 700 people, many of whom live below the federal poverty level, visit the Center each week for one or more of its programs.
“We are immensely grateful for the physicians’ support!” said Mary Agnes Erlandson, director for the St. Margaret’s Center. “Knowing that health care workers have been on the frontline for the past year, and given so much of themselves, we’re awed by their extending themselves even further to support families in need in our community.”
When asked how this donation will impact the work being done at the Center, Erlandson added, “We’ll be able to help many more people with the vital services needed by low-income residents to keep a roof over their heads, and food on the table during these difficult times. Some of our emergency services funding has dried up, so this gift comes at a perfect time!”
On National Doctors’ Day, take the time to thank your physician for all that they do to keep their patients and communities healthy and thriving.