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East Bay Community Recovery Project Joins LifeLong Medical Care’s Family of Services, July 9

Partnership offers a fuller array of medical and behavioral health services

BERKELEY, CA – East Bay Community Recovery Project (EBCRP) has joined LifeLong Medical Care’s family of services. The partnership allows LifeLong Medical Care and EBCRP to offer a fuller array of medical, behavioral health, substance-use treatment, case management, and dental services to Alameda County residents.

“Both LifeLong Medical Care and EBCRP believe that everyone has the right to high-quality care. This partnership will help us deliver excellent, integrated care across the County,” said Marty Lynch, LifeLong Medical Care’s Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer.

“By merging with LifeLong Medical Care, we are strengthening our collective mission to increase access to high-quality mental health, substance-use disorder, primary care, dental and wellness services to people with some of the greatest needs in our community”, said Marta Rose, EBCRP co-founder and LifeLong-EBCRP Program and Operations Director.

East Bay Community Recovery Project was founded in 1989 by Joan Zweben, PhD, and Marta Rose, LMFT, to provide recovery services for people with co-occurring substance use and mental-health services in Alameda County. Its programs serve approximately 1,100 low-income populations with complex behavior health needs and substance use disorders at four service sites: three in Oakland and one in Hayward.

More than 50 percent of EBCRP clients already access LifeLong’s primary care services through medical centers operated on-site for EBCRP and through other LifeLong Health Centers such as LifeLong Trust, LifeLong Downtown Oakland, LifeLong Ashby, and LifeLong East Oakland. We are looking forward to integrating the rest of the EBCRP clients into LifeLong’s family.

About LifeLong Medical Care: LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 16 health centers, mental health services, three Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, four School-Based Health Centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information visit: www.lifelongmedical.org.

About East Bay Community Recovery Project: East Bay Community Recovery Project (EBCRP) was founded in 1989 by Dr. Joan Zweben, PhD, and Marta Rose, LMFT. Their vision to provide comprehensive substance use and co-occurring disorder care in Alameda County has helped over 25,000 people build healthy and productive futures for themselves and their families. EBCRP helps low-income men, women, and families with complex behavioral health needs at four services locations: three in Oakland (Project Pride, FACT/TrACT, and Day Support/Holistic Health), and one in Hayward (for adults on probation or parole).


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LifeLong Medical Care to Break Ground for New $30 Million LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center on February 9

 

Building on decades of goodwill and quality medical care delivered by one of

Richmond’s first African American pediatricians, LifeLong Medical Care will break ground for a new $30 million three-story LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center on February 9.

The public is invited to the event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the 150 Harbour Way location. Richmond Mayor Tom Butts will attend the event, as will representatives from Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s (CA-11) and District 1 Supervisor John Gioia’s offices.

“LifeLong Medical Care is making a commitment to the community with the construction of the new LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center,” said Marty Lynch, PhD, LifeLong’s Executive Director/CEO. “The facility will be an all-inclusive medical home for the whole family – with all needed services in one place.”

Earlier this year, the Richmond Planning Commission approved plans to replace 4,300 square feet of existing portable buildings with a 33,742-square-foot health center. The new healthcare center will offer obstetric care and pediatric care, as well as primary care for adults, dental services, and urgent care for families.

The site is currently the home of LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center, named after Richmond pediatrician William Jenkins, who passed away in 2012. Dr. Jenkins treated more than a million patients during his five generations of practice. Members of Dr. Jenkins’ family will attend the groundbreaking.

The current health center will remain open during construction.

About LifeLong Medical Care:

LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 14 health centers, three Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, four school-based health centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information, visit www.lifelongmedical.org. Source: LifeLong Medical Care

 

‘We’re in a crisis’: Richmond tests public health innovation in health care desert, 18 Dec 2017 (3)

 

When Joe Griffin’s aunt suffered a stroke last year, she was lucky to be in Richmond.

The city’s Kaiser hospital has the emergency capacity to deal with strokes. In fact, it has a specialty center dedicated to treating that medical emergency. But when the stroke ended and she needed follow-up care, Griffin’s aunt didn’t know where to go. Growing up, his family was uninsured and relied on Doctor’s Medical Center, then known as Brookside Hospital in San Pablo, for medical care. But the center had closed.

 

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If You're at High Risk and Have Flu Symptoms, LifeLong Medical Care's Immediate/Urgent Care Centers Can Help

Berkeley, CA, January 16, 2017 (Newswire.com) - ​​If you or a loved one is at high risk of flu complications – and you develop flu symptoms – get a medical check-up for possible treatment with influenza antiviral drugs as quickly as possible, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
People at high risk include those over age 65, young children, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.

Doctors at LifeLong Medical Care’s Immediate/Urgent Care Centers are here to help. No appointment is necessary and everyone is welcome. These urgent care centers are open to serve you and accommodate your non-emergency medical needs. Both Centers are open on the Martin Luther King holiday, too.

“The flu virus infects the nose, throat, and lungs. It causes mild to severe illness and can sometimes lead to death,” says Eric Henley, MD, Chief Medical Officer for LifeLong Medical Care. “The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. But if you don’t – or you get the flu anyway – be sure to get proper treatment if you are at high risk.”

LifeLong Medical Care’s Immediate/Urgent Care Centers also can give you flu vaccines.

People who are not at high risk for serious flu complications may also be treated with influenza antiviral drugs, especially if treatment can begin within 48 hours, according to the CDC.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

People who have the flu often have:
• Fever or feeling feverish/chills
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle or body aches
• Headaches
• Fatigue (very tired)

Payment Options

LifeLong Medical Care welcomes all – and regardless of whether you have insurance. LifeLong accepts: Medi-Cal, Medicare, and most managed care plans including Covered California. We also offer a sliding-scale discount based upon your family size and income.

To visit or for more information:

LifeLong Immediate/Urgent Care – San Pablo is open 7 days a week, Monday – Friday: 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm. Holiday hours: 9 am to 5 pm. 2023 Vale Road (across the street from former Doctor’s Medical Center), San Pablo. (510) 231-9800.

LifeLong Immediate/Urgent Care – Berkeley is open 6 days a week, Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm. Holiday hours: 9 am to 5 pm. 2001 Dwight Way (located on the first floor of Herrick Campus, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center), Berkeley. (510) 204-7979.

About LifeLong Medical Care:

LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 14 health centers, two Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, four school-based health centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information, visit www.lifelongmedical.org.
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About LifeLong Medical Care: LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 14 health centers, two Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, three school-based health centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information visit: www.lifelongmedical.org.

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LifeLong’s Annual Gala Raises $185,000 and Kicks Off New William Jenkins Health Center Capital Campaign

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More than 225 people attended our Annual Gala Feb. 25 at Hs Lordships, raising $185,000 in total — a new record!

The dinner-dance and fundraiser also kicked off the LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center Capital Campaign. The “Fund-A-Need” event at the gala raised $26,000 to start this venture.

Dr. Bertram Lubin, MD, Associate Dean of Children’s Health at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, was keynote speaker. Dr. Lubin is a visionary in Academic Pediatrics whose 50-year career has improved the lives of countless children and adults locally and globally.

A special video honoring Dr. William Jenkins, the Health Center’s namesake, was shown to launch the campaign. The video features pictures of many of the children helped by the center, as well as interviews with health center staff and Dr. Jenkin’s son, John, who is a LifeLong Board Member. You also can see proposed architect’s drawings of the LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center, too. Click here to see the video.

Our sincere appreciation to everyone who supported this event — those who attended in-person as well as those who were not able to attend. Many thanks, also, to our generous sponsors, especially our Presenting Sponsor, Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, and our Benefactor, Kaiser Permanente.

 


 


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LifeLong Immediate/Urgent Care in Berkeley Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Health Fair Event, Free Flu Vaccines,Sat., Oct. 22

Berkeley, CA–LifeLong Immediate/Urgent Care – Berkeley will celebrate its first anniversary with free flu shots and health fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat., Oct. 22.

Free blood pressure, glucose screenings, and tours will also be offered at the facility, located at 2001 Dwight Way, Suite 1388, on the First Floor of Herrick Campus, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

More than 25 years ago this strong relationship between LifeLong Medical Care and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center began as a collaboration to offer primary care services for low-income residents. Now it’s continued with the operation of LifeLong Immediate/Urgent Care in Berkeley.

“We are delighted to celebrate the first anniversary of LifeLong Immediate/Urgent Care – Berkeley. The facility provides a valuable resource for people who need immediate medical care, but who don’t have conditions requiring the Emergency Room,” said Marty Lynch, LifeLong Medical Care’s Executive Director/CEO. “We are committed to providing prompt, high-quality health care to the community at this excellent facility,” said Lynch.

LifeLong Immediate/Urgent Care – Berkeley is offering free flu vaccines at its Oct. 22 event as a community service. “The flu can result in hospitalization and sometimes even death, so it’s important for people six-months of age and older to get a flu vaccine every year,” said Eric Henley, MD, LifeLong Medical Care’s Chief Medical Officer.

People at high-risk for flu include children younger than 5 – and especially younger than 2 – and adults older than 65, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
People attending the health fair can also receive important blood pressure screenings, as well as screenings for glucose (blood sugar) to detect diabetes. “We invite the community to visit LifeLong Immediate/Urgent Care – Berkeley and help safeguard their health,” said Dr. Henley.

The LifeLong Immediate/Urgent Care – Berkeley event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 22 at 2001 Dwight Way, Suite 1388, on the First Floor of Herrick Campus, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

LifeLong Immediate/Urgent Care Hours are Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About LifeLong Medical Care: LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 14 health centers, two Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, three school-based health centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information visit: www.lifelongmedical.org.

LifeLong’s New Health Center Will Continue Dr. Jenkins’ Commitment to Richmond Community; LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center to Celebrate Grand Opening Oct. 15

RICHMOND, CA -- As one of the first African American pediatricians in Richmond, Dr. William Jenkins was extremely dedicated to the community, a devotion highlighted by a 50-year career during which he treated more than a million patients. Now, LifeLong Medical Care will continue Dr. Jenkins’ commitment to the Richmond community through the LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center.

A grand opening celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday,
October 15 at the Health Center, 150 Harbour Way.

“We are honored by LifeLong’s decision to name this important new facility after my father,” said John Jenkins, Dr. Jenkins’ son and a member of LifeLong Medical Care’s Board of Directors. “We all believe – LifeLong included -- that my father’s dedication to the Richmond community embodies the commitment that LifeLong has as well. Our family is excited that this health center will provide permanent, high quality health care to ensure the underserved patients of Richmond will receive the care they deserve.”

Before his passing in 2012, Dr. Jenkins merged his practice into LifeLong Medical Care. LifeLong Medical Care recently moved the practice to 150 Harbour Way in an effort to anchor the new Health Center and serve as the foundation to expand services.

The Health Center, which serves pediatric patients, is a staple in the Richmond community. “I’ve known a lot of our patients for three generations,” says Guillermina Flores, who worked with Dr. Jenkins for 39 years and is now the supervisor of the LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center. “I see a lot of grandparents coming in – they came in when they were young themselves.”

“We at LifeLong Medical Care are delighted to give permanence to the decades of dedication and quality medical care with which Dr. Jenkins served the Richmond community, said Marty Lynch, LifeLong Medical Care’s Executive Director and CEO. “I hope we can serve a million more patients at LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center.”

The Jenkins family will join LifeLong Medical Care in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new health center at 11:30 A.M. Radio personality Mia Amour will make an appearance at the celebration. Free raffles, gifts, a kid’s zone and refreshments also are available.

About LifeLong Medical Care: LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 14 health centers, two Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, three school-based health centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information visit: www.lifelongmedical.org.

Actor & Advocate Danny Glover to Join Discussion: Navigating Health Care Resources in West Contra Costa County

Over 250,000 residents lost their community hospital and emergency services last year. What is their solution now?

Richmond, CA – Actor and community advocate Danny Glover will join prominent Bay Area physicians Desmond Carson, MD, and Ramona Tascoe, MD, in a public discussion about how West Contra Costa residents can access needed health care resources now that community hospital and emergency services have been curtailed with the closure of Doctors Medical Center.

The event is sponsored by LifeLong Medical Care.

West Contra Costa County community and religious leaders, residents – some uninsured – and health care advocates can learn more about their health care options at the Navigating Health Care event, sponsored by LifeLong Medical Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving 52,000 community members each year.

The event will take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm at The East Bay Center for Performing Arts, 339 – 11th Street, near downtown Richmond.

This event is set to engage participants in a dialogue on matters of health and community investment, as well as inform attendees on their available health care services and enrollment options.  

The event will feature a moderated panel discussion with actor/producer/community advocate and activist, Danny Glover; LifeLong Medical Care Physician Dr. Carson, who is based in Richmond; and global health advocate Dr. Tascoe.

Affordable and accessible health care are part of the national discourse; locally, it has been daunting for some 250,000 residents in West Contra County, as evidenced by the closure of Doctors Medical Center (DMC) last April.
DMC’s closure has placed a tremendous burden on already overused emergency rooms. Dr. Carson, formerly with DMC, is a practicing physician specializing in emergency room treatment and is committed to alleviating health care disparities in West Contra Costa County. Dr. Carson is providing urgent care services at LifeLong’s San Pablo Immediate Care Center – located across the street from DMC – at 2023 Vale Road, San Pablo, CA.

About LifeLong Medical Care: LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 14 health centers, two Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, three school-based health centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information visit: www.lifelongmedical.org.

Western Clinicians Network Give Clinical Excellence Award to LifeLong Medical Care’s Susan Ferguson, MD

BERKELEY, CA - Susan Ferguson, MS, MD, LifeLong Medical Care’s Associate Medical Director, is the recipient of Western Clinicians Network’s (WCN) Clinical Excellence Award. 

Each year WCN recognizes an outstanding clinician who throughout his or her career has demonstrated clinical excellence in their endeavors.  

WCN, peers, and the community are recognizing Dr. Ferguson for demonstrating professionalism, commitment, and passion for the quality of care for the underserved.

For the past 12 years she has worked at LifeLong Medical Care's array of clinics and field sites in Oakland. Double-boarded in internal medicine and addiction medicine, Dr. Ferguson is the medical director of LifeLong's Downtown Oakland Clinic and Supportive Housing Program.
She provides care to an extremely high-risk population, many of whom are homeless or at-risk for homelessness, with multiple medical and co-existing behavioral health conditions.
For the past three years she has also been the medical director of Downtown Oakland Clinic, where she provides medical leadership to a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and behavioral health providers.
Along with her work at the clinic, Dr. Ferguson provides primary care services at a handful of Supportive Housing sites, which are usually hotels that have been remodeled to accommodate people who have been homeless.
Dr. Ferguson received her medical degree from the Joint Medical Program at University of California at Berkeley and University of California at San Francisco. Prior to attending medical school, she worked as a science writer and disability rights lobbyist in the State Legislature in Sacramento. She also worked with public health research coordination at the State Department of Health Services.

About LifeLong Medical Care: LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 14 health centers, two Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, three school-based health centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information visit: www.lifelongmedical.org.

Berkeley Gives “May is Mental Health Month” Achievement Award Honorable Mention to LifeLong Medical Care’s Brenda Goldstein

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BERKELEY, CA - Brenda Goldstein, LifeLong Medical Care’s Director of Psychosocial Services, received honorable mention for the May is Mental Health Month 2016 Achievement Award from the City of Berkeley.
Goldstein has worked tirelessly for 30 years to create programs that make it possible for the most vulnerable and marginalized communities to improve their health and well being, while being treated with respect and dignity.

“Brenda has been a leader at LifeLong and among community health centers in improving integrated mental health and primary care for both the homeless population and the severely mentally ill,” says LifeLong Medical Care’s Executive Director, Marty Lynch. 
She has worked locally and statewide to spearhead the integration of primary care and mental health services. Her work has created better access to whole-person care for people in low-income communities.

This integrated approach to care means that the 52,000 low-income individuals served by LifeLong Medical Care have easy access to mental health services. The mental health professionals work side by side with primary care providers to help each patient achieve wellness.

Goldstein has developed LifeLong Medical Care’s Supportive Housing Program into a nationally recognized model of care serving dually diagnosed homeless adults. In addition, through her work, LifeLong is a key partner in many homeless-services collaboratives in Berkeley and beyond.

The Interim Care Program has produced impressive outcomes by connecting recently discharged hospital patients -- many of whom are living with a mental illness and active use of drugs/alcohol -- to their primary care doctor, and helping them enroll in eligible programs and support services. The program also provides safe housing and meals so patients are able to recuperate with dignity.

“Brenda is recognized as an innovator, builds community partnership to leverage improved care, and advises health centers and community partners on policies and practices necessary to support high-quality care for adults with complex problems,” says Lynch. “She is uniformly respected for her integrity, creativity, and commitment to our patients.”

About LifeLong Medical Care: LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 14 health centers, two Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, three school-based health centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information visit: www.lifelongmedical.org.

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