Our Mission Statement and History
Antelope Valley Community Clinic’s (AVCC) mission is to enhance the well-being of the community by providing comprehensive, high-quality health care services including prevention and education with special emphasis on the medically underserved and low-income populations. Our goal is to provide a “medical home” for the underserved by significantly expanding access to primary care, dental care, disease management, prevention and educational services.
This clinic was given life in April of 2006 when we began a set of meetings with local residents and community leaders including local schools, hospitals, LA County, Kaiser Permanente, Antelope Valley Partners for Health and Partners in Care Foundation to find a solution to the lack of primary care services for the underinsured and uninsured of the Antelope Valley (which spans over 2,000 square miles has over 542,000 residents). The Antelope Valley also has the poorest health indicators in all of Los Angeles County including diabetes, infant mortality, obesity, CHF, and asthma to name a few.
In 2007 AVCC was incorporated and in 2008 with collaboration and the generosity of our partners, we began servicing the community through our Care-A-Van Mobile Clinic with one Family Nurse Practitioner and three staff who provided 1,800 visits in the first year. In 2017 ten years after incorporation, we now have 35 providers, 230 staff who last year, as an FQHC Grantee, provided 113,000 visits for 43,000 patients and our budget will be over $20 million in 2018.
Our services now include primary care, dental, specialty clinics (podiatry, endocrinology, cardiology, and dermatology) and mental health services. In 2017 we also added a comprehensive Substance Abuse Assessment and Care Management Team to better address the critical problems we are having in the community related to opiate addiction. In 2018 we will be adding a Residential facility to complete the care continuum for Addiction and Substance Abuse.
Under the leadership of Suzanne Shoop CNO in 2016, we opened a 4,000 sq. ft. Walk-In/Urgent Care Clinic, expanded our Quality Assurance and Case Management programs and in 2017 applied to become a Patient Centered Medical Home Certification with NCQA. In late 2017 we also added a new 6,000 sq. ft. Clinic in East Palmdale to better serve the outlying regions of the Antelope Valley.
Among our many specialty clinics, our largest and most critical is our Diabetic Disease Management Program under the leadership of Dr. Arul our CMO and Endocrinologist who directs a comprehensive disease management program. He stated, “It is a privilege to be part of the clinic whose mission is to serve those in need, and it’s a joy to every day meet patients whose life has been tangibly helped by the services we provide.” Diabetes is a major health issue in the country and a significant problem in our patient population. At AVCC we work on lessening the burden of diabetes in our patients by providing educational programs in diet and diabetes, in addition to regular medical care.
None of this would be possible without the help of our dedicated employees, exceptional providers and leadership as well as our generous donors, most notably Kaiser Permanente and LA Care who provided our initial start-up grants.
In 2018 AVCC will continue in its leadership role in the Antelope Valley continuing to enhance service for the underserved. We will be expanding our Health and Wellness Center in Lancaster adding another 26,000 sq. ft. and consolidating our Lancaster operations and add a newer larger Dental Clinic and Mental Health Clinic. We anticipate that we will open this new facility in 2018 and will continue to add and expand serves to ensure comprehensive services for the underserved in our community.