BURBANK CLINIC'S LOSS TO BE FELT PLANNED OCTOBER CLOSURE TO AFFECT 6,600.
Byline: Helen Gao Staff Writer
BURBANK - The Burbank Health Center, operated by the county to serve the poor and uninsured, defies the stereotypes of long waiting lines and harried nurses and doctors working under chaotic conditions.
``This place treats people really good. Some doctors don't care
"Don't Care" is a 1994 (see 1994 in music) single by American death metal band Obituary. , but these people care,'' said Gloria Montefinos, who has been coming to the clinic for various ailments for the last several years.
Christine, a clinic user who declined to give her last name, echoes Montefino's feelings.
``This has been a total lifesaver. People are very nice, efficient and compassionate com·pas·sion·ate
1. Feeling or showing compassion; sympathetic. See Synonyms at humane.
2. Granted to an individual because of an emergency or other unusual circumstances: ,'' she said. ``They don't shame you if you don't have health insurance.''
But after 50 years in Burbank, the popular clinic, which has served as a safety net for generations of local residents, will close in October, along with three other Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County clinics.
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last month to close the facilities as one of many cost-cutting measures to keep the county's health care system afloat. The Department of Health Services Department of Health Services may refer to:
The estimated 6,600 patients who rely on the Burbank clinic will be referred to county facilities in Glendale and North Hollywood, as well as to public-private health partnerships in the area, said Ressie Roman, health deputy for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Michael Dennis Antonovich (born 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District, which covers northern Los Angeles County, the Antelope, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and parts of the San Fernando and San .
``When the health department came up with the (cuts), part of their plan is to ensure there are other health care service providers available in the one- to five-mile radius,'' she said.
Roman said those affected are primarily concerned about transportation to other clinics and access to their medical records after the clinics close.
The county has established a hotline - (800) 427-8700 - to answer questions.
``We recognize the difficulties in transitioning and some of the transportation issues,'' said John Wallace John Wallace may refer to:
The 30-or-so staffers at the Burbank clinic will be transferred to other facilities, but their new assignments have not yet been determined.
Dr. Elise Pomerance, the lead physician at the Burbank clinic, said her staff will do its best to plan a smooth transition and ensure that patients are informed where their doctors will be reassigned.
``The patient is going to have choice where he is going to go,'' she said.
Because no staff cuts are proposed, Pomerance said she does not expect lines to get longer at clinics that are absorbing Burbank's patient load.
To make room for the medical patients from Burbank, Pomerance said discussions are taking place to relocate re·lo·cate
v. re·lo·cat·ed, re·lo·cat·ing, re·lo·cates
To move to or establish in a new place: relocated the business.
v.intr. the public health section of the Glendale clinic, which deals with epidemics This article is a list of major epidemics. Worldwide Pandemics
In an industrial part of town, the Burbank clinic at 1101 W. Magnolia Magnolia, city, United States
Magnolia (măgnō`lyə), city (1990 pop. 11,151), seat of Columbia co., SW Ark.; inc. 1855. Its oil industry has been important since 1938. is in a modest one-story building said to have been a house long ago.
But inside, the building is clean and well-lighted, and the atmosphere is low-key and friendly. Patients said they are seen without much of a wait.
The clinic provides family-planning services, prenatal care prenatal care,
n the health care provided the mother and fetus before childbirth. and general care for walk-in patients with illnesses that are not life-threatening.
Toni Scaramella, a nurse supervisor who has been at the clinic for more than a decade, said local residents are deeply attached to the facility.
``They came when they were babies. They came when they are old enough for prenatal care,'' she said. ``We took care of them. Now we take care of their children.''
While she will miss her colleagues, Scaramella said she is most concerned about the patients.
``Some feel bad,'' she said. ``Most of them live in the area. ... They grew up with the health center.''