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Name: San Fernando Valley Health Consortium (1969-1977)

Historical Note:

The San Fernando Valley Health Consortium (SFVCH) was incorporated in 1971 after members of the Northeast Valley Health Corporation began discussing the concept of forming a health consortium to improve minority education, job placement, and health services in the San Fernando Valley. The Corporation presented a proposal to Dr. James Cleary, President of San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN), and in October of 1969, the campus gave full support to the establishment of a health consortium. Initial funding, in the amount of $20,000, for the program was donated by the Welfare Planning Commission. It was decided that RMP would be the main funding agency for the continuation of the program, and the university would be its central administrative unit.

The SFVHC worked to meet the health needs of the San Fernando Valley by developing training programs for healthcare personnel using the facilities of community hospitals in the Valley. SFVHC explored the possibilities of establishing a medical school in the San Fernando Valley, but there were no affiliations between the USC or UCLA Medical Schools and Valley hospitals to implement this plan. As a result, interns and resident doctors from the USC and UCLA medical programs were not being sent to hospitals in the San Fernando Valley. Further, members of the SFVHC saw the quality of health care for Valley communities as being below standards.

A task force was established on February 2, 1971 to study the feasibility of creating a "teaching hospital" in the Valley. Public hearings were held on May 25, 1974. Dr. Cleary, deans from USC and UCLA Medical Schools, and Chiefs of Staff from several local hospitals attended the hearings. The school was not approved, but the hearings resulted in UCLA extending its clinical teaching function into the Valley. After 1974, funding for the SFVHC gradually decreased until it was stopped completely. It discontinued services in 1977.

Note Author: Robert Marshall

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