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As we kick off this new year I would like to thank you for selecting Saban Community Clinic as your medical home. Many positive changes have been taking place at the Clinic, and we will continue making improvements in 2014 and the years ahead. As always, your feedback is very important to us, so I encourage you to let us know what we can do to provide even better service to you.

at each Clinic site to explain the new health insurance coverage options and enroll you in a plan that best fits your health needs and budget. Our Enrollment Specialists will be available to assist you with enrollment in health care coverage through the end of March 2014. After that date, if you need assistance with coverage, you can contact 323-648-4181 or email Again, thank you for choosing Saban Community Clinic. On behalf of our health providers and staff, we wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2014.

The health care reform roll-out has been a challenge for everyone. Now help is available to you from the Clinic’s many Certified Enrollment Specialists, who can make it easier to find the best health Sincerely, care solution for you. They are on hand Jeffrey Bujer, Chief Executive Officer

March 15 is the last day to choose a health plan that begins April 1, through Covered California. If you have friends or family members who are uninsured, you can play a big part in helping them get covered. Tell them that Saban Community Clinic has Certified Enrollment Counselors who can help them find out their eligibility for

affordable health coverage plans, including Medi-Cal. For free assistance, call us at (323) 648-4181 or email

Beverly Health Center 8405 Beverly Blvd. (Orlando Ave.) S. Mark Taper Foundation Health Center 6043 Hollywood Blvd. (Gower St.) Hollywood Wilshire Health Center/ The Wallis Annenberg Children & Family Health Center 5205 Melrose Ave. (Wilton Pl.)

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Being healthy doesn’t have to be time consuming. Most things are so simple and take so little time, that you’ll wonder why you’ve been avoiding them.

Annual Dinner Gala celebrity guests; Kristen Bell, Don Cheadle and Sarah Silverman

On November 25, 2013, Saban Community Clinic held its 37th Annual Dinner Gala at The Beverly Hilton with over 1,000 guests, including A-list celebrities, who helped raise almost $1.4 million to support the Clinic’s mission of providing quality and affordable and health care services to thousands of Los Angeles men, women and children each year. Patients took center stage when actor William H. Macy introduced a video highlighting the touching stories of three patients who are now living healthier lives

because of the care they received from the Clinic’s team of health care providers. The star-studded evening was hosted by House of Lies stars Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell and was filled with big laughs and comic relief provided by the always outrageous Sarah Silverman. The Clinic is grateful for the generous support it receives from the community, and this year awarded David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., and Friends Board Member Eric Siegel for their service and advocacy for

Refrigerate leftovers right away. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature, so refrigerate leftover foods if they are not going to be eaten within four hours.

Hands and toys can become contaminated from household dust or exterior soil, both of which are sources of harmful lead.

Before seeing your health care provider, write down all of your questions and bring the list with you to your appointment.

Almost 400 Saban Community Clinic

The event started almost 24 years ago

patients attended the Clinic’s Annual

designed to help youth and families during

Patient Holiday Party on Dec. 10 held at

the holiday season. A special “thank you”

First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.

to Event Chair Marcia Steere and to the

They received basic essentials including

almost 80 volunteers who gave of their

hats, gloves, socks, toiletries, books and

time to make this event so special.

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under proper medical guidance, reduce medications and can help improve results in lab work. Following a healthy diet is a preventive measure for controlling chronic disease.

What does your work day look like?

I meet with patients when they receive a referral from their health care provider. During the week, I have appointments with patients at each of our Clinic locations. Mondays and Wednesday I see patients at the Beverly Clinic, Tell us about the patients you help. Tuesdays at the S. Mark Taper I work with all types of patients, from adult Foundation Health Center, Thursday and to children. The majority of the people I some Fridays at the Hollywood Wilshire see have chronic medical conditions like Health Center. Saban Community Clinic’s Registered diabetes, high cholesterol, gout, Dietitian Maria Quiroga has a Masters in Exercise Physiology and is authorized by hypertension, high-risk pregnancy and obesity. What might patients be surprised to the Commission on Dietetic Registration know about you? of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We asked her to explain her work to help I have many hobbies such as exercising, Many people make a resolution in the patients stay healthy with good working on cars, and being creative with New Year to be healthier or lose eating choices. arts and crafts. My family and I are weight. What are some tips you can originally from Chile, South America. I give on how to get started? have three children and live in the San Why is good nutrition important? Start by cutting down on salt and sugar. Fernando Valley area. Many negative health conditions can be Exercise frequently and increase your improved simply by changing one’s diet. water intake. Eating small meals Good nutrition can help certain people, throughout the day is also very important.


H1N1 is a highly contagious influenza virus and symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, extreme tiredness, and possibly vomiting or diarrhea. Protect yourself and others by covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing. If you have flu-like symptoms, seek medical advice immediately.

There is a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV (human papillomavirus), the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer. The good news? HPV can be prevented by the HPV vaccine. Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care. Winter 2014 Page 3

Women’s Support Group Mondays | 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM S. Mark Taper Foundation Health Center 6043 Hollywood Blvd. (at Gower St.) Contact: Arnali or Jae (323) 337-1675

Loss & Grief Support Group Mondays | 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM S. Mark Taper Foundation Health Center 6043 Hollywood Blvd. (at Gower St.) Contact: Joelle Khalil (323) 522-5071 or Kaitlyn Masai (323) 903-7704

Teen Support Group Wednesdays | 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM The Wallis Annenberg Children and Family Health Center 5205 Melrose Ave. (at Wilton Pl.) Contact: Becky (323) 337-1781 or Chris (262) 607-2226

Couple’s Group Wednesdays | 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Saturdays | 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM, Spanish The Wallis Annenberg Children and Family Health Center 5205 Melrose Ave. (at Wilton Pl.) Contact: Jose or Maria (323) 330-1675

Women’s Trauma Group Wednesdays | 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Saturdays | 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM The Wallis Annenberg Children and Family Health Center 5205 Melrose Ave. (at Wilton Pl.) Contact: Jose or Maria (323) 337-1675

Mindfulness Meditation Thursdays | 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM S. Mark Taper Foundation Health Center 6043 Hollywood Blvd. (at Gower St.) Contact: Julissa (323) 337-1798

The Wallis Annenberg Children & Family Health Center 5205 Melrose Ave. (2nd Floor) Los Angeles, CA 90038

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