The University of Southern California is doing all it can to help the community of La Cañada fight on.
The Doctors of USC opened a clinic in La Cañada on Aug. 2 as part of the first step in creating a regional network of satellite offices in Los Angeles' surrounding communities. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week to commemorate the first satellite clinic's opening.
"I speak for the entire community and city council when I say we are very proud to be the location of the first satellite office," said La Cañada Mayor Don Voss, before presenting Mitch Creem, the CEO of USC Hospitals, with a certificate of recognition from the city.
The goal is to have satellite offices improve USC's medical research, Creem said. La Cañada is the first step.
"We envision this as the first of a series of offices of this kind, which is the lynchpin of the future of the Keck School of Medicine," said Edward Crandall, the chair of the department of medicine in USC's Keck School of Medicine.
People will find women's-health specialists, rheumatologists, cardiologists and endocrinologists, as well as general medical care, when they visit the La Cañada clinic. If the office cannot provide them with the care they need, they can visit the USC University Hospital.
"This has been a dream of mine for a long time, to begin to have full-time faculty in the community taking care of patients," said David Goldstein, the chief of the Division of Geriatric, Hospital and General Internal Medicine with the Doctors of USC.
La Cañada is now an important part of USC history for serving as the first satellite-office location, Creem said.
"When we write the next chapter of USC healthcare, we are going to talk about this office, we are going to talk about La Cañada," Creem said.
More importantly, this move allows the Doctors of USC to improve the quality of care they provide to surrounding communities.
"This is one of those significant moves to get closer to our patients, to become more convenient for our patients and really bring that first-class health care to our community here in Southern California," said Minor Anderson, the CEO of USC Care Medical Group. "We are absolutely committed to providing the best possible clinical care here in Southern California."