Published : Monday, May 20, 2019 | 2:46 AM
On May 20, 2019, ChapCare announces the opening of its new state-of-the-art Kathryn Barger Health Center located on 1595 N. Lake Avenue in northwest Pasadena. This health center was made possible in part by generous funding provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, 5th District. Additional funding was provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The need for this new health center cannot be overstated. The Kathryn Barger Health Center will replace ChapCare’s Lake Health Center, also in northwest Pasadena. ChapCare’s Lake Health Center was small (with only 5 medical exam rooms) and needed significant repairs (roof repairs, etc.). In 2018, ChapCare provided 6,820 medical visits to 2,396 unduplicated patients at that site. The new 4,500 square foot Kathryn Barger Health Center has 13 medical exam rooms (an increase of 8), and 4 behavioral health counseling rooms (including 1 group room). The new facility is located just a few blocks away from ChapCare’s Lake Health Center, and will absorb the patients from the current facility. At full capacity, ChapCare expects to be able to serve 3,800 unduplicated patients at this new health center, an increase of over 1,500 from its current Lake Health Center site.
“The Kathryn Barger Health Center is a gift,” said Margaret B. Martinez, MPH, ChapCare’s CEO. “The new site will allows us to increase patient capacity which is always important. In addition, integrating medical and behavioral health services under one roof will prove critical. At this location, we expect to serve the general community as well the homeless population. In both cases, one’s inability to manage their behavioral health condition (s) can have a serious impact on their ability to maintain their overall treatment plan.”
The Kathryn Barger Health Center is a comprehensive healthcare facility. Services offered include primary medical care, health insurance screening and enrollment, and pharmacy services (via delivery). Behavioral health counseling will be added in the future to achieve a fully integrated model. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ChapCare provides low-or no-cost health services (Medi-Cal and Medicare) and accepts many Covered California and private insurance plans.
Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) was founded in 1995 by a group of community residents, city officials, and health care agencies to establish primary healthcare services for low-income, uninsured residents in the Pasadena area. ChapCare began providing medical services in 1998 and dental services in 2001. Today, ChapCare is a network of HRSA-funded community health centers that provides healthcare services to countless insured, under-insured, and uninsured residents of the San Gabriel Valley. ChapCare operates 4 health centers in Pasadena, 1 health center in Monrovia, and 3 health centers in El Monte/South El Monte. ChapCare provides 78,000 primary healthcare visits annually to 16,500 patients.
For more information on ChapCare and its services, please call (626) 398-6300 or visit www.chapcare.org.
About Supervisor Kathryn Barger
Supervisor Kathryn Barger proudly serves the residents of Los Angeles County’s 5th Supervisorial District – the county’s largest – spanning 2,800 square miles, which includes 22 cities and 70 unincorporated communities in the San Gabriel, San Fernando, Crescenta, Santa Clarita, and Antelope Valleys.
Supervisor Barger was born and raised in the 5th District and comes from a family with deep roots in public service in Los Angeles County. She is married to a retired sheriff’s deputy and lives in the San Gabriel Valley.
During her more than 30 years of county service, Supervisor Barger has established herself as a strong advocate for people who are chronically underserved, especially those living with a mental illness. Supervisor Barger has championed reforms that improve and increase access to health and mental health services, including the recently-adopted Los Angeles County Community Schools Initiative, which provides mental health services in our schools. Supervisor Barger’s unwavering dedication to her district, including the San Gabriel Valley, has led to safer, healthier communities. She is proud to partner with ChapCare and is eager to see people across the region receive quality care at this new clinic.
For more information, visit kathrynbarger.lacounty.gov and follow Kathryn Barger on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.