Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe will join local health leaders christen the new S. Mark Taper Foundation Building at the Norwalk Regional Health Center and celebrate the Foundation’s $300,000 gift that will help boost health care services at the facility, which opened in February 2006.
Supervisor Knabe, Norwalk City Councilmember Gordon Stefenhagen, JWCH Institute CEO Al Ballesteros and others will unveil new building signage to recognize the grant that will provide additional medical services for low-income, under-insured and uninsured residents, regardless of their ability to pay. According to the County’s Health Department, nearly 27,000 people in the City of Norwalk have no health care insurance.
With this health center being open for the past year – we are giving the gift of hope to many of these thousands of people who have not had access to these services, Knabe said. I also want to express my deepest thanks to the Taper Foundation for their support of this health center. This type of partnership works well to benefit our communities.
The Norwalk Health Center had closed in 2002 because of budget cuts, but reopened in 2006 with the help of Supervisor Knabe, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, L.A. Care Health Plan and Kaiser Permanente.