The former General Hospital in Boyle Heights has been virtually vacant for about six years after a new, 600-bed replacement hospital opened next door. But now the Art Deco landmark that rises 19 stories high is once again playing a role in health care. On Saturday, a grand opening ceremony was held for the Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital.
Sixteen agencies – ranging from the American Heart Association to a Boyle Heights community garden – offer a wide range of preventative health care and social services on the ground floor of the former hospital. The center is the first of its kind in Los Angeles County and is designed to improve public health and keep people out of the emergency room, according to the office of County Supervisor Gloria Molina, who was on hand for the grand opening.
Services to be offered include diabetes prevention and management classes; family and individual counseling; support and counseling for victims of sexual assault; fitness and nutrition classes, senior assistance programs and other services. Click here for more details.
The wellness center is one of several efforts to find new uses for the old hospital, most of which remains closed off. Some, including the creation of a biotech business incubator, have failed to materialize while others remain under development.