SOURCE: Clinica Medica San Miguel

March 06, 2007 13:59 ET

Clinica Medica San Miguel Opens New Urgent Care Center on Centinela Freeman's Memorial Campus

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 6, 2007 -- Centinela Freeman HealthSystem announced today an agreement has been executed with Dr. Mahfouz Michael to convert the emergency department at its Memorial Campus to an urgent care center. Dr. Michael is the Founder and Medical Director of Clinica Medica San Miguel, one of Los Angeles's largest multi-specialty medical groups. The new San Miguel 24-Hour Urgent Care Center is now fully operational and a ribbon-cutting celebration will take place in April.

"We appreciate the efforts of Dr. Michael in stepping up to bring valuable urgent care services to those in Los Angeles who would otherwise not have such services readily available," praised California State Senator Gil Cedillo of Los Angeles. "For many years I have worked to bring quality health care to all Californians, especially the uninsured, and recognize the value of Dr. Michael's efforts," added Cedillo, a member of the Senate Health Committee. "Because of his determination, those in this community will be healthier and better served," noted Cedillo.

"We are excited at the prospect of answering the public's plea for much needed urgent care medical services at this location," said Dr. Michael.

Centinela Freeman engaged the Camden Group last year to study the need for emergency services in the Inglewood area. According to Centinela Freeman CEO Michael Rembis, "The study found that two thirds of all patients coming to our emergency room did not require emergency care services. And, we found that more than 200 primary care physicians are needed in the Inglewood service area. Our community residents needing basic, primary care or minor, urgent care will be better served in an urgent care center rather than a busy ER that is treating the more severely ill patients. The ER at Centinela, located just one mile away from Memorial, will continue to be open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for all emergency patients and ambulances," said Rembis.

San Miguel 24-Hour Urgent Care Center has signed an initial five-year lease and consists of 8,460 sq. ft of space previously occupied by Centinela Freeman Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department. The facility will be open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

The facility will continue its operations fully staffed by experienced CMSM staff. "We are delighted that many of the medical professionals who worked at Centinela Freeman's Memorial campus emergency room have joined us for this important new venture," said Dr. Michael.

The new facility will have six "Fast Track Stations" that allow the clinical staff to promptly deal with incoming patients in equipped private rooms, while leaving urgent care stations available for patients with primary care needs and chronic medical problems. This location, as do all 16 CMSM branches, provide bilingual (English and Spanish) staff for patient convenience.

"We anticipate significantly shorter waiting periods for our urgent care patients in a friendly, professional setting," added Dr. Michael.

The Inglewood branch of Clinica Medica San Miguel is located at 333 North Prairie Avenue. The urgent care center's direct line is 1-310-419-8246.

Clinica Medica San Miguel celebrates its 25th Anniversary of service to the community in 2007. For information on the clinics' 16 locations, please call 1-800-322-2222 or go to

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