JWCH Institute Inc. is a private non-profit health agency that was established as the Attending Staff Association of the John Wesley County Hospital in 1960 by concerned L.A. County physicians. These staff physicians sought to establish an agency that could obtain additional funds to support and augment patient care, education, and research at the John Wesley facility.
When the hospital was demolished in 1979, the agency continued its efforts to assist LA County patients, but the name was no longer relevant and was subsequently changed to JWCH Institute Inc.
Prior to 1979, medical research and education at county facilities were the paramount functions of the agency.
However, after 1979, medical services and patient education took priority with a focus on community-based health education and social support programs.
JWCH Institute envisions increased access to high quality health care resulting in decreased health disparities among at-risk populations through the expansion of comprehensive and preventative health care programs and services.
The Mission of JWCH Institute is to improve the health status and well-being of under-served segments of the population of Los Angeles Area through the direct provision or coordination of health care, health education, services, and research. The mission is being accomplished through a variety of programs and activities, such as: medical outreach and referrals for medical care, HIV services and drug treatment; health education; psychosocial assessment and intervention; primary medical care; family planning services; and research.
A duly elected Board of Directors governs JWCH Institute. The daily administrative duties of the corporation have been delegated to the executive director who is assisted by the finance director, division directors, development officer, and human resource assistant in discharging these functions.
No one is turned away due to lack of ability to pay for services or due to being uninsured
We also offer a sliding fee schedule for persons at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) consider JWCH Institute, Inc. / Wesley Health Centers and its providers as Public Health Services employees, providing malpractice liability protection under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).