T.H.E. Clinic,Inc. recently changed its name and is now doing business as T.H.E.( To Help Everyone) Health and Wellness Centers. T.H.E. was founded as T.H.E.Clinic for Women, Inc. in February 1974 by a small group of medical volunteers who sought to bring affordable, quality healthcare to uninsured women in the underserved, economically challenged area of Southwest Los Angeles. These dedicated pioneers included: Vi Verreux, Joan Alpert, Barbara Saunders, Susan Schlager, Debbi Kates, Fredda Draluck, Marilyn Stone, Dr. William E. Merritt, III, Dr. and Mrs. Nagata, and Marilyn Norwood.
Over the past forty years, T.H.E. has greatly expanded its services beyond its initial focus by adding on primary care, behavioral health, dental and preventive education for men, young adults and children. T.H.E. is now a premier provider and medical home of choice within the community increasing access to health care for Los Angeles County’s most impoverished residents.
In November of 2009, Ms. Risë K. Phillips was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of T.H.E., leading the organization in a major expansion of service and quality improvement efforts. By July of 2011, T.H.E. had regained its accreditation by The Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that evaluates compliance with standards for healthcare facilities. At the same time the Joint Commission awarded T.H.E. its most coveted Gold Seal of Approval® , it is also designated T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers as a Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH). T.H.E. was one of the first community health care centers in the nation to be honored for “highest commitment to delivering primary healthcare in a comprehensive, coordinated and accessible model.” It was also the first time that the Joint Commission presented these honors at the same time.
Reflecting its philosophy that everyone should have access to high quality health care, regardless of their zip code or ability to pay, T.H.E. completed a beautiful remodeling of its flagship location on Western Avenue in 2013 and soon after changed its name to T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Health and Wellness Centers leading up to the celebration of its 40th anniversary year.
T.H.E. enjoys the support of more than 30 key sources of funding from local, state, and federal arenas. Key foundations and corporate sponsors working to advance T.H.E.’s organizational mission include: the Ahmanson, Ralph M. Parsons, S. Mark Taper, Weingart, California Community Foundation, California Endowment, California Wellness, Blue Shield, Rose Hills, Kaiser Permanente, Aetna, Gilead, Good Works, Wal-Mart, Susan G. Komen, and other strategic partners whose contributions have played a major role in enabling the organzation to fulfill its mission.
Today, T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers is a thriving organization and continues to grow in its commitment to providing caring, compassionate, high quality, low-cost health care. It has expanded services to include dental (in two locations) and now has six primary care health centers throughout Los Angeles. T.H.E.’s skilled and diverse health care professionals speak over 13 distinct languages and bring valuable primary care, dental, behavioral, and preventive health services to T.H.E.’s growing patient population now numbering 18,000 men, women, young adults and children.