Pediatric primary care services at new facility
■ Chronicle News Service
The Coachella Valley community is officially home to Loma Linda University Children’s Health – Indio (LLUCH), Jill and Barry Golden Pavilion, the largest pediatric clinic in the area. The grand opening was celebrated on March 11 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the All about Kids Health Expo.
Richard H. Hart M.D., Dr. P.H., president of Loma Linda University Health, shared his excitement as Loma Linda University Health expanded its service area into the Coachella Valley to provide healthcare that is accessible and available to those who need it most.
“We are committed to this valley,” said Hart. “We are committed to you. We are committed to your children and the leaders they will become for this region.”
Nearly 400 individuals attended the private ribbon-cutting ceremony, including Indio Mayor Michael Wilson and Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36), who emphasized how proud he was to work with Loma Linda University Health to get the Indio project off the ground and see it through to fruition.
“Families will now have access to critical pediatric services right here in the east valley, strengthening the health of our entire community,” Ruiz said. “Expanding and ensuring access to healthcare for everyone, regardless of where you live or how much you make, has been my life’s mission. Today is an important milestone to realizing our shared vision for a future where everyone has access to the affordable care they need, when they need it.”
Following the ribbon-cutting was the inaugural All about Kids Health Expo, which was attended by over 1,000 community members to enjoy free healthy fun for the whole family, including giveaways, activities and food trucks.
LLUCH officially opened its doors to the community March 12, offering pediatric primary care services.
In the coming months, the clinic will roll out other services such as urgent care, telemedicine, dentistry and other specialties. The nearly 13,000-square-foot building houses 20 patient exam rooms, three dental chairs and an X-ray room.
The clinic is also home to a bottomless bookshelf, courtesy of Scooter Golden, to encourage reading and literacy. Any child who receives care at LLUCH will be able to take a book home.
To make an appointment or for more information about LLUCH, call 760-477-0733 or visit them on the web at lomalindakids.org/indio.
The Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids—one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year— LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health—the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”