August 28, 1998

Opening of New Clinic to Fill Health Care Void in Encanto Area

The opening of a new health care clinic in one of San Diego's most medically underserved areas gives an entire community reason to celebrate. Residents, health care providers and elected officials will join together for the grand opening of Comprehensive Health Center's new satellite facility in Encanto. Funded through a collaboration between Paradise Valley Hospital and Children's Hospital and Health Center, the clinic will provide underserved populations with primary care, immunizations, women's health services, health education and much more.

The grand opening event "Creating Community Jazz" will be held at the Medical and Dental Arts Building, 286 Euclid Avenue, on Saturday, Aug. 29 1998 from 10- a.m. to 2 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. to officially "open the doors" of the new health center.

"We want to invite residents of this community to be a part of the opening of this very important clinic," said Comprehensive Health Center Executive Director Nora Faine, M.D. "We want them to see the facility as well as meet the staff who will provide them and their children with low-cost, culturally-sensitive health care."

The event will include entertainment by the Jazz Band from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, magicians and clowns, and children's Hospital Healthy Bear.

In addition to funding from Paradise Valley Hospital and Children's Hospital and Health Center, Community Health Group and Sharp Health Plan have provided additional support as "Platinum Sponsors," to make this event possible.

"We are extremely pleased to participate in opening a clinic that will make a difference to so many people," said Eric Martinsen, chief executive officer, Paradise Valley Hospital. "Collaborations such as this one are a very effective way to expand access to health care in to communities in need."

The partnership with the two hospitals provides the clinic with access to specialists, support services, health education and in-patient care. "This project provides health services for low-income and working poor families by building on the strengths and resources of all three health care organizations—without duplicative programs and administrative costs," said Blair Sadler, president and CEO, Children's Hospital.

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