New medical center opens in South Los Angeles

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Courtesy Kaiser Permanente

Artist's rendering of new South L.A. Kaiser Permanente medical center

Los Angeles city and county leaders and medical professionals attended a grand opening today for a new Kaiser Permanente medical center in South Los Angeles.

The new facility is located on West Manchester Avenue near Inglewood. It’s two stories and 15,000 square feet. The center is intended to serve 80,000 Kaiser Permanente members who live in the South L.A. area.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa praised the opening and said it will help serve the needs of patients who don’t have much access to health care. Staffers also said the medical center will help tackle health disparities among African-American and Latino communities.

The clinic will provide primary care services including lab tests, X-rays, prescriptions, mammograms and health classes.

On the first floor is a glass etching of the late Dr. Fred Alexander. The center is dedicated to Dr. Alexander, who became the first African-American medical director at Kaiser. He dreamed of opening a clinic like this in South L.A.

The medical center opens April 11.

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