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Los Angeles Free Clinic dba The Saban Free Clinic

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Causes: AIDS, Community Clinics, Community Mental Health Centers, Health, Mental Health

Mission: In 1967 The Los Angeles Free Clinic was founded with the goal of serving a small group of people who had nowhere else to turn for health care.Today the Clinic has evolved inot a community hub for comprehensive medical and dental care and social services; accomodating nearly 80,000 patient visits each year.

Programs: Hollywood wilshire health clinic - the hollywood wilshire clinic, located on melrose avenue, provides primary care for adults and children, which includes health maintenance services such as physical exams, pap smears and breast exams; diagnosis and treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma; family planning services, hiv testing and counseling, and testing and treatment of other sexually transmitted diseases; cancer screening and blood pressure screening.

beverly clinic - the medical clinic at the beverly boulevard site provides primary medical care for adults that includes health maintenance services such as physical exams, pap smears and breast exams; diagnosis and treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma; family planning services, hiv testing and counseling, and testing and treatment of other sexually transmitted diseases; cancer screening, blood pressure screening, acupuncture, and limited specialty services such as ent, ophthalmology, gynecology, rheumatology, and minor surgery.

mark s. Taper clinic:the mark s. Taper clinic offers comprehensive health and psychosocial services for adults and children, with a specially-focused program for adolescents and at-risk youth. Services include general primary care services, along with the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, hiv testing and counseling, family planning services, substance abuse and suicide prevention and counseling. A prenatal program provides comprehensive care to pregnant women, and gynecology services are also offered for women of all ages.

wallis annenberg children & family health center -this facility serves general health and dental care, primarily to children and families. Dental clinic -the dental clinic delivers services to both children and adults of all ages. Services include general screening, oral exams and diagnostic visits, x rays and restorative procedures such as filling, extraction, pulpotomies, crowns and root canals, dentures, emergency and palliative care, and such preventive care as cleaning, sealants and oral hygiene education. The plaque buster program provides patients with informative brochures and an anti-plaque kit of toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and plaque disclosure tablets. Behavioral health -the behavioral health department operates at all clinic sites to provide case management and short term counseling services to people of all ages. Case management includes information and referrals; short-term counseling includes depression screening, individual and couples counseling, and family counseling; group counseling includes a teen group and a parenting group. Limited psychiatric services are also available. Education and outreach -the education and outreach department provides health education to people of all ages, at all three clinic sites as well as at community meetings, health fairs and other public events, with a special focus on adolescents and the reduction/prevention of risky behaviors through the peer educators in a specially designed interactive model. Education staff also conducts hiv testing and counseling.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Roney M.


Rating: 5

How can anyone write a review with less than 5 stars to this organization that provides free medical, psychiatric and dental services to the community? I have had really bad service paying Kaiser Permanente $500 a month for the last 10 years and the bad reviews I wrote about the giant Heath Insurance Co have been since disappeared from their million-dollar website, but when it comes to a small non-profit, we find bad reviews and they cannot be removed as easily without a huge budget!

It shows how warped and ungrateful our society can be. Deserving, free causes get low grades and Giant Health insurance Companies advertise themselves as 5 star business

I'll be a volunteer to free clinics anytime!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have been going to the Saban Clinic for almost three years with several medical conditions. Since I've started, additional services have become available, such as mental health, dermatology, etc. The doctors are kind and personable (as are all staff) and work as a team in treatment. Long before I came to the Clinic I had unaffordable insurance with Kaiser and I would sum it up by saying that each aspect of experience at Saban Clinic is far more professional, personal and caring. I am so grateful I walked through those doors, though at first the "system" seemed overwhelming...now, all aspects are being streamlined for a positive patient experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The Saban Free Clinic/Saban Community Clinic has truly been a lifesaver for me during a very difficult time of my life. After losing my employee sponsored health insurance and not being able to afford a private health plan of my own, I looked for alternate healthcare and was referred to the Saban Clinic by a friend.
Although it was scary to walk into a Clinic for the very first time, I feel that the administrative staff made the transition easy for me. Most importantly, all of the healthcare personnel have been most professional, knowledgeable and courteous. They have really taken very good care of my healthcare needs!

Marguerite N.

Client Served

Rating: 1

The therapy is so bad . The group leader is so unskilled, possibly to the point of being dangerous.

Comments ( 1 )


Cray 08/24/2012

I am truly sorry to hear we did not meet your expectations. We would really like to address your concerns directly. I was told our C.O.O. had tried to reach out to you in April through your Facebook posts, but we never received a follow-up to see if this was officially resolved. Please call our Compliance Officer Brian Li directly at 323-330-1687 to formally submit your concerns for review. Thank you.

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