Mayor Karen Bass addresses the crowd at the ceremony announcing the new name. (Courtesy photo)

Los Angeles County Medical Center (LAC+USC) leadership, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Mayor Karen Bass announced on May 3 that the County’s largest health care facility will now be known as Los Angeles General Medical Center (LA General).

The unveiling of a new name for the historic facility marks an extraordinary milestone for the entire community of Los Angeles. Just a few miles east of Downtown Los Angeles in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, the medical center dates to 1878 and serves thousands of residents across Los Angeles County.

Currently, Los Angeles General Medical Center provides world-class care across a broad range of specialties, in addition to providing trauma care and primary care. Its modern facilities include a LevelOne trauma center, a training site for the U.S. Navy, and it is one of the nation’s premier teaching hospitals. The medical center campus is also home to a nonprofit organization, The Wellness Center, which provides a range of programs for community residents.

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Los Angeles General Medical Center will continue its affiliation with Keck School of Medicine of USC for graduate medical education, training interns and residents who are the county’s next generation of physicians.

The medical center’s new name is followed by its new motto, “Exceptional Care. Healthy Communities.” The new motto summarizes the medical center’s mission to build healthy communities by being a trusted provider of excellent, whole-person care to all.

“After months of consulting and collaborating with community members, staff, and patients, we are officially now Los Angeles General Medical Center. We are incredibly proud to unveil our new name and brand, bringing us one more step into our future, while recognizing our past,” said Jorge Orozco, CEO of Los Angeles General Medical Center.

“Los Angeles General Medical Center is Los Angeles County’s flagship hospital, and to that end, I am thrilled to see our community take ownership of its new name and brand,” said LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis of the First District.

“For years, I have heard from residents and stakeholders that they wanted to see a name that speaks to the campus’ history, resonates with our residents, and can be easily understood in Spanish and other languages. As the campus moves into the next step of expanding its world-class care by creating supportive housing and a comprehensive continuum of care, Los Angeles General Medical Center will recognize our storied past while also launching us into a very bright future.”

L.A. General is located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. (Courtesy photo)

“As someone who used to work in this medical center, I am so proud to join community members, nurses, staff, and physicians to unveil the new name of this extraordinary facility, Los Angeles General Medical Center,” said Mayor Karen Bass, formerly a Physician Assistant at the medical center.

“We are proud to unveil the new name of this extraordinary medical facility, now known as LA General Medical Center, which has been serving Angelenos for 145 years,” said Dr. Christina Ghaly, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS).

“LA General is a premier teaching hospital, training nearly 1% of all resident physicians in the US. Our medical center treats patients regardless of income or background and offers preventive and primary care services that are among the best in the nation. With state-of-the-art facilities, top-notch specialties, renowned emergency and trauma services, and a commitment to Equity Diversity Inclusion and Anti-Racism, LA General is a beacon of hope for our community. We are proud to take this bold step into the future as we celebrate this milestone.”

“I am thrilled and proud to be here as the hospital announces its new name. Today, we are Los Angeles General,” said Juana Mena, a patient at Los Angeles General Medical Center for over 20 years.

“I live within walking distance of the medical center, and I’m so happy to see that we’re returning to the identity that we know and love. This is a place for the community, where you are welcome no matter who you are or what you need. And yes, if you only speak Spanish or any other language, you will receive help in your language!

“LA General Medical Center has medical staff that speak more than one language; they also have interpretation services to make sure we all understand every aspect of our care and treatment. After treatments, they connect you with the Wellness Center to find programs that promote healing, wellbeing and mental health all in one place. If you need care, don’t hesitate – go to Los Angeles General Medical Center.”