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Westside Family Health Center Receives Facilities Award

Posted Oct. 21, 2013, 7:46 am

Mirror Staff

The Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) and the Patient Care Foundation of Los Angeles County have awarded Westside Family Health Center (WFHC) a 2013 Innovation Award in recognition of WFHC’s innovative use of facilities to promote and facilitate patient care and patient satisfaction.

Dr. Troy Elander, President of the Patient Care Foundation of Los Angeles County, said WFHC was nominated for the 2013 Innovation Award-Facilities because of WFHC's "efforts to improve the health of your community, for focusing on those with low income or uninsured, and for adapting over the years to the needs of the community."

"You started focusing on women's health and then morphed, as was needed, to prenatal care, pediatrics, and then concerns of adolescents," Dr. Elander said. "Then you added the mobile clinic to get to the patients who couldn't come to you. With a wonderful attitude, you seem to continually be asking, 'How can we best serve the health needs of this community?' ''

Debra A. Farmer, President/Chief Executive Officer at Westside Family Health Center, said she was honored by the recognition.

“With only approximately 1,500 square feet of clinic space to work with, we’ve had to be innovative” she said. “We have had to be really smart with what we have, but we have a great team here and we really care about what we do. We make it work.”

The 2013 Innovation Award-Facilities to Westside Family Health Center was one of four Innovation awards to be presented on Oct. 17 at the L.A. Healthcare Awards ceremony. Recipients were chosen for their exemplary contributions toward providing and improving access to quality healthcare in Los Angeles County.

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