La Clinica del Pueblo and Doctors Community Hospital Celebrate Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for New Clinic in Hyattsville

Hyattsville, MD – On Wednesday, November 2, La Clínica del Pueblo and Doctors Community Hospital will celebrate the grand opening of a new clinic in Hyattsville with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Guest speakers will include County Executive Rushern Baker, III, and Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford.

During the past three months of its soft launch, La Clínica providers have seen more than 250 patients at its new site. At full capacity, La Clínica and Doctors Community Hospital will be able to provide a breadth of services to residents of Prince George’s County.

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 specialty services 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, they represent 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, at full capacity, the new clinic will provide high-quality primary care, health promotion, social services, mental health services and 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.”

A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and County Executive Rushern Baker, III, with an open house will be held at the new clinic on November 2 from 10am-12pm. The clinic is located at 2970 Belcrest Drive, 4th floor, Hyattsville, MD 20782. This event will open the clinic’s doors to the community and educate attendees about the importance of supporting 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.”

For more information and appointment availability please call 202-462-4788.

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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 or call 202-448-2836

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 Center, Doctors Community Breast Center, Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine, Comprehensive Orthopedic Services, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services, Doctors Regional Cancer Center, Emergency Department, Imaging Services, Infusion Center, Joslin Diabetes Center, Doctors Community Rehabilitation and Patient Care Center (transitional care), Primary Care Services, Sleep Center and Vascular Health Program. To learn more, visit DCHweb.org or call 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968).