Venice Family Clinic's mission is to provide quality primary health care to people in need.
Our History & Purpose
Launched in 1970 by volunteer physicians Philip Rossman, MD, founder, and Mayer B. Davidson, MD, co-founder, Venice Family Clinic first operated in space borrowed from a small, store-front dental office after normal business hours. There was—and remains—a tremendous unmet need for affordable health care for those who live in poverty.
Today, with ten health centers, Venice Family Clinic is the medical home for people who might otherwise go without critically needed health care services.
Venice Family Clinic is the first choice in free and affordable health care for low-income, uninsured and homeless families and individuals. We serve everyone from infants, children and teens to adults and seniors. Our patients are most highly concentrated on the Westside, but many come from across Los Angeles County.
Currently 1,000 individuals – including more than 350 physicians – donate their time, valued at almost $2 million annually.
Venice Family Clinic provides more than 114,512 primary care, specialty care, mental health, dental, and health education visits annually. Services include diagnosis, treatment, medications, follow-up care, and laboratory tests. Particular emphasis is placed on the needs of women, children, the homeless, and those with chronic diseases.
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Venice Family Clinic’s most significant affiliation is with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health System and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente of Southern California, and Providence Saint John’s Health Center are also key partners, providing residents, vital in-kind services and operating funds.
In-kind donors provide nearly $7 million per year of medications and other pharmaceuticals, plus radiology, lab, surgical and emergency services by hospitals, laboratories and others.
VFC provides training in community primary and specialty care to nearly 300 residents and medical students each year, laying the groundwork for their life-long commitment to community health and the underserved.
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Venice Family Clinic has been given numerous accolades, including being recognized as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Designated 330e, 330h and 330i Community Health Center, and Patient Centered Medical Home (NCQA Level 2 Recognition). The Clinic has also been honored to receive the American Hospital Association’s Foster G. McGaw Prize, The Pew Charitable Trust’s Primary Care Achievement Award, American Psychiatric Association’s Advancing Minority Mental Health Award, and California Health Care Foundation LEAP (Leveraging Excellence, Advancing Practice Award).