Largest Free Clinic Of Its Kind Planned For Los Angeles To Provide Medical, Dental And Vision Services To The Uninsured And Underinsured

-CareNow Partners with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and National Health Organizations to Host Groundbreaking Free Clinic-

LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2011 — CareNow, in partnership with Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and numerous health organizations, announced plans today to host the largest free clinic of its kind in the nation on October 20 to 23 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena located at 3939 S. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. Three previous events organized by the CareNow team have provided healthcare to thousands of uninsured and underserved in Southern California. CareNow is seeking healthcare professionals (dental, vision and medical) to volunteer for full or half days during the upcoming four-day clinic. J

Medical professionals from across the nation will also be able to volunteer at future clinics thanks to legislation sponsored in 2010 by then-Assemblywoman Karen Bass. The bill (AB 2699) permits healthcare workers with out-of-state licenses to volunteer at no-cost clinics in California.

“Thanks to Congresswoman Bass’s leadership, healthcare professionals whose caring and compassion matches their skill and expertise, are set to make CareNow-LA our biggest and best free clinic ever,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.

Last October, CareNow partnered with Maria Shriver to produce the Modern House Call – a massive free clinic in Long Beach that ran in conjunction with the Women’s Conference. Prior to that, the same team of local providers and organizers collaborated with Remote Area Medical (Knoxville, Tennessee based) to produce two large free clinics in Los Angeles. Together, these three events served 15,330 Angelenos and provided 36,120 medical, dental and vision services –free care valued at more than $7.1 million. This year, the same group of dedicated community stakeholders and CareNow team of volunteers will undertake yet another groundbreaking effort.

“Working with Maria Shriver's Modern House Call and before that with Remote Area Medical taught us two important lessons,” said Don Manelli, president of CareNow. “The first is the tremendous need that exists here in Los Angeles.  The second is how much we can accomplish together to meet those needs.  There are vast healthcare resources in our community eager to help, and we're expanding our services with every event, providing not only quality care but continuing care for those who need it."

The October “CareNow-LA” free clinic will surpass the others with an even broader range of new services, including:

  • Follow-up system – a new follow-up system will assure that patients who need continuing care will receive it. Local clinics, practices and healthcare organizations have volunteered to accept patients referred by practitioners for post-event care. All services will be offered free to uninsured, underinsured and unemployed individuals and families who cannot afford the care they need.

  • Electronic Medical Records – a HIPAA-compliant electronic medical record system will help to safeguard patient information, collect accurate data, streamline lab reporting, and allow for post clinic data analysis to facilitate follow-up care and improve quality of care for the patient.

  • Educational Symposiums – a wide range of patient education resources promoting prevention, self-care and wellness, including nutrition, fitness, and smoking cessation. Counseling Services – coaching and counseling focused on employment, financial and legal issues.

“As a returning sponsor of the country’s largest free health clinic, we’ve seen firsthand the difference this clinic will make in peoples’ lives,” said Howard Kahn, CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public health plan. “We're proud to be a part of the LA healthcare community that has been inspired to continue the event.”

Success of the clinic depends entirely on the medical professionals who are willing to volunteer their time at the clinic and the local community partners and organizations that donate equipment and medical supplies.

“We hope to serve even more people each day by working together with CareNow and all of its partners, sponsors and volunteers,” said Debra Boudreaux, Tzu Chi Medical Foundation. “We anticipate an even greater turn out this year and are especially proud that we will be participating again this year to offer not only a wider range of quality care on site, but also sustainable care for patients who need follow-up. Everyone benefits when we help to improve the health of our community. This is how we CARE for our urban community.”

CareNow is looking for the following medical volunteers:

“As a sponsor for this much-needed clinic, we take seriously the USC mission to serve as a resource for the community,” said Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC). “Our own faculty physicians will be among the volunteers providing care to uninsured and underserved patients in a wide variety of specialties.”

In addition to professionally trained medical specialists, CareNow is looking for non-medical volunteers to help register patients, manage patient flow and assist professional staff. For more information or to register as a medical or non-medical volunteer, please visit 

To date, CareNow has confirmed the following sponsors and partners: Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, L.A. Care Health Plan, VSP Vision Care, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Southside Coalition of Community Clinics, Los Angeles Dental Society, VOSH, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Henry Schein Dental, Western Reserve University, Southern California School of Optometry, and more than fifty other healthcare organizations, manufacturers and suppliers.

“VSP Vision Care is the nation’s largest not-for-profit vision and services provider with a long-standing commitment to giving back to the community and educating consumers about the critical role eye health plays in your overall health,” said Rob Lynch, CEO of VSP GlobalSM. “Leveraging the strength of all participating organizations in an event of this scale, provides us with a unique opportunity to extend our reach even further to increase access to quality eye care and help more people in need.”

The clinic is also seeking financial support and in-kind donations, including bottled water/refreshments, food, pharmaceuticals (excluding narcotics), ultrasound equipment, dental, vision and medical supplies. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to provide an in-kind donation, please contact Jackie Quintanilla at 323.202.1053 or [email protected]

About CareNow CareNow brings help and hope to the uninsured and underserved in America’s urban centers. The organization works with local community resources and volunteers to produce free clinics providing comprehensive medical, dental, and vision care to individuals and families who are without access to the healthcare they need. There is no cost to the patient for the services provided. Clinics are staffed by professional and general volunteers, and supported by donations – both financial and in-kind - from local and national supporters. To learn more about CareNow and this year’s clinic, please visit the organization’s website at

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