Local physicians, clinicians, and team members at the 552 W. Foothill Blvd medical clinic in Glendora recently marked the change of its name from HealthCare Partners to Optum with a ribbon-cutting event. The clinic recently had new signage installed on the outside of its building and renovated its patient areas inside. It’s been located in the neighborhood for many years and is one of 75 former HealthCare Partners clinics in the Los Angeles region that has changed its name to Optum.
“While our name has changed to Optum, our commitment to care in this community and others we serve throughout the region remains stronger than ever,” said Lesley Po, MD, who practices Family Medicine at the clinic. “Our team is focused on delivering personalized, compassionate and convenient care to our patients and working together to help give back to the communities we serve.”
That commitment to helping others has been on display in recent months during the Covid-19 crisis, with Optum partnering with non-profits Wider Circle and Helping Hands Community to deliver more than 75,000 healthy meals to people in need throughout the Los Angeles area. Volunteers from the community have been helping distribute the food at drive-thru events and making food deliveries to the homes of people isolated and alone due to expanded social distancing measures.
“We are delivering food to people who may be struggling to buy medication, pay for their rent, buy gas, and make ends meet,” said Gino Barragon, the community development lead for Wider Circle. “A lot of these recipients can’t be out during the pandemic because they are at-risk, which makes this partnership critical at this time.”
With the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank reporting that more than 2 million residents in the region are facing increased food insecurity due to Covid-19, the company expanded the partnership to deliver 25,000 meals during the holidays.
“This is just one example of how Optum team members are helping give back to the communities where they live and work,” said Amar Desai, M.D., President and CEO of Optum California. “Access to healthy food is an essential component to continued health and well-being, particularly during these difficult times and I’m so proud of our local teams for going the extra mile during these difficult times.”
As Optum, the former HealthCare Partners medical clinics, local medical teams, and staff will continue their long-recognized leadership in coordinated care which has been deeply rooted in the Los Angeles area since 1974. As Optum, they join together with 7,500 physicians, clinicians, and support staff in serving more than 1.4 million patients through one of the largest networks of quality care teams in the region.