JWCH Institute Inc. is a private non-profit health agency that was established as the Attending Staff Association of the John Wesley County Hospital in 1960 by concerned L.A. County physicians. These staff physicians sought to establish an agency that could obtain additional funds to support and augment patient care, education, and research at the John Wesley facility. When the hospital was demolished in 1979, the agency continued its efforts to assist LA County patients, but the name was no longer relevant and was subsequently changed to JWCH Institute Inc.
The agency's current mission is to improve the health and wellness of underserved segments of the population of Los Angeles County through the direct provision or coordination of health care, health education services and research. The mission is being accomplished through a variety of programs and activities, such as medical outreach and referrals for medical care, HIV services and drug treatment; health education; psychosocial assessment and intervention; primary medical care; family planning services; and research.
Wesley Health Centers (Bell Gardens) service area was identified in 2003 as the most indigent area in LA County in terms of access to health care and health care coverage for women, children, and families. The number of persons in the community who are medically indigent and lack insurance is among the highest in Los Angeles County. In March 2005, JWCH re-opened the Bell Gardens Clinic in order to increase access to health care in Bell Gardens and the surrounding community.
Services offered at Wesley Health Centers (Bell Gardens) include:
The City of Bell Gardens was incorporated as a general law city in 1961 and is as rich in history. It is bordered by the City of Commerce, Downey, South Gate and Bell. The City has a population of approximately 44, 000 in an area of 2.5 square miles and is located in the southeastern part of Los Angeles County.
The City boasts of offering beautiful parks, emerald green soccer fields, childcare centers, a sparkling lake stocked with fish and waterfowl, and a community golf course. Also, while the economy is facing many challenges throughout California, the City of Bell Gardens continues to grow and prosper.
There are many regions of Los Angeles to choose to call home from the beach cities, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills to Pasadena, Hollywood, and The Valley. Our office is located in Downtown LA.
Downtown Los Angeles offers world-class attractions, incredible restaurants, a thriving nightlife and walkable streets. The spectacular L.A. LIVE entertainment complex includes popular attractions such as the GRAMMY Museum, ESPN Zone, Lucky Strike Lanes and Regal Cinemas. STAPLES Center is home to the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and Sparks, and also hosts major concerts. The stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall anchors the Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum. The Museum of Contemporary Art houses an acclaimed permanent collection and rotating exhibits. Historic Exposition Park is home to the California Science Center, the California African American Museum, the LA Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena, and the Natural History Museum.
Five counties make up Greater Los Angeles – LA, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. From the desert to the sea, and the mountains to the valleys, the diversity of the Greater LA area is astonishing. With all the choices, you're sure to find a region in our city that you'll love to call home!