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Health center opens on Bell Gardens High School campus

BELL GARDENS — The Montebello Unified School District and Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles cut the ribbon Sept. 15 to celebrate the opening of a new comprehensive, school-based health center at Bell Gardens High School focused on providing students and their families with affordable health care services.

To address the need among students and families for access to affordable care, Family Health Care Centers dedicated $500,000, and partnered with the school district to renovate two portable buildings at Bell Gardens High to provide primary and preventive health care, health education, family planning services, teen pregnancy prevention and education, well-baby check-ups and mental health services, a district spokesperson said.

The center features six examination rooms, a clinical laboratory, a behavioral health counseling and health education room, and a 16-seat waiting room. Architects designed the clinic and health resource center to be welcoming and inviting to students and their families.

Federal funding also was used to purchase medical, office and educational equipment such as examination tables, procedure lights, stools, instrument sterilizers, sinks, otoscopes, sphygmomanometers, colposcopes, desks, chairs, computers and an LED projector, as well as pediatric medical equipment for well-baby exams, the spokesperson said.