La Clínica del Pueblo and Doctors Community Hospital Open New Clinic in Hyattsville

Hyattsville, MD – On August 1, 2016, members of the Hyattsville community met to celebrate the soft opening of a local clinic resulting from an innovative partnership between La Clínica del Pueblo and Doctors Community Hospital.

In the spirit of collaboration, the community gathered in the new La Clínica facility, welcoming speakers from La Clínica del Pueblo, Doctors Community Hospital, and the Department of Health and Human Services.  Speakers also included major donor representatives – CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission. Just looking out at this room is a real indication of what a special work of love this is,” said Maria Tildon, senior vice president, Public Policy and Community Affairs, at CareFirst. 

The new clinic aims to remove the language barrier and fulfill the healthcare needs of the underserved Latino community of Prince George’s County. The partnership will provide a continuum of care that starts in the community with La Clínica as a medical home and expands with the resources of Doctors Community Hospital. As Paul Grenaldo, chief operating officer at Doctors Community Hospital, shared, “this collaboration will allow us to deliver the right care, at the right time and in the right place for patients in need.” 

Many members of the Latino community in Prince George’s County have not been receiving adequate care due to barriers like language, cultural stigmas surrounding some conditions and difficulty traveling to reliable medical facilities. Also, the Latino community in Prince George’s County represents the highest number of uninsured people in Maryland.   “In the past, there has not been enough support to meet all the medical needs of limited English proficient immigrant patients," observed Alicia Wilson, executive director at La Clínica. “It was time for us to make the move into Prince George’s County.”

Driven by the notion that health care is a human right, the new clinic meets this population’s medical needs head-on with a local, high-quality facility where Spanish-speaking staff provide insurance assistance, health education and case management with a range of services that include:

  • Mental health
  • Orthopedic care
  • Primary care
  • Radiology
  • Social services
  • Specialty care

As patients begin to flow into La Clínica, "their stories remind us why what we do is so invaluable,” reflected Lisa Wise, president of La Clínica del Pueblo. “So many members of the Latino community said that they felt untethered... but when they got to La Clínica, they finally felt like they were home.”

It is the idea of a welcoming medical home that has been missing for many Latino residents. Azucena Carrió, a long-time patient of La Clínica and member of its Latino patient committee, shared, “This is the best clinic, I think, around the world, for this clinic takes everyone.”

Betty Hager-Francis, deputy chief administrative officer for Health, Human Services and Education, celebrated the spirit of collaboration that is driving this expansion of access to high-quality, local care for a community in need: “This is a great day for Prince George’s County." Echoing the sentiment was Mark Luckner, president of the Maryland Community Health Resource Commission, “I’ll just use the word, remarkable.”

A formal ribbon cutting ceremony and open house will be held at the new clinic in the fall to further engage the community and support the successful growth of the clinic. As Grenaldo noted, “We look forward to many, many years working together here to build better health care for Prince Georgians.”

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About La Clínica del Pueblo

La Clínica del Pueblo is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the needs of uninsured and underinsured Latino immigrants and others in need in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Today, La Clínica provides linguistically and culturally appropriate health and education services to over 20,000 men, women, youth and children, including: primary care, mental health and substance abuse services, HIV/AIDS care, interpreter services, health education and outreach. All direct services staff is bilingual and dedicated to La Clínica´s mission: “to build a healthy Latino community through culturally appropriate health services, focusing on those most in need.” For more information or to support the work of La Clínica del Pueblo, visit www.LCDP.org.

 

About Doctors Community Hospital

Doctors Community Hospital is a premier medical and surgical hospital located in Lanham, Maryland.    A 163-licensed bed facility that has earned numerous quality awards, Doctors Community Hospital provides a wide range of programs and services:  Bariatric and Weight Loss CenterDoctors Community Breast CenterCenter for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine,  Comprehensive Orthopedic ServicesComprehensive Rehabilitation ServicesDoctors Regional Cancer CenterEmergency Department,  Imaging ServicesInfusion CenterJoslin Diabetes CenterDoctors Community Rehabilitation and Patient Care Center (transitional care)Primary Care ServicesSleep Center and Vascular Health Program.   To learn more, visit DCHweb.org or call 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968).