The UCLA School of Nursing received a grant from the Ahmanson Foundation to provide after-hours pediatric nursing services for sheltered families at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles and their off-site transitional housing center, Hope Gardens, in Sylmar, Calif.
The center is one of the oldest and largest nurse-managed facilities of its kind in the U.S. and is the only shelter-based health clinic in the city that provides healthcare for homeless families with children.
It was founded in 1983 by the school of nursing and is staffed by full-time nurse practitioners and one physician, as well as UCLA nursing and medical students.Photo courtesy of UCLA School of Nursing
Rita Ochoa, RNP
“The grant from the Ahmanson Foundation will allow for the expansion of much-needed after-hours care, parenting instruction and rapid assessments of the increasing number of homeless families,” said Courtney Lyder, RN, ND, GNP, FAAN, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing. “Their generosity will help make sure that we have the equipment, supplies and technology necessary to serve this growing population.”
Funded through grants, donations and the UCLA School of Nursing itself, the Health Center is licensed by the state as a community clinic and is devoted to caring for the acute and chronic primary medical needs of homeless adults, children and the elderly.Photos courtesy of UCLA School of Nursing
Marianne Miller, PNP, works at the after-hours health center.
Last year, the clinic provided comprehensive medical services through more than 8,600 patient visits. Health education, case management, medications, diagnostic services and preventive healthcare services also are provided. •
Learn more at www.nursing.ucla.edu