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  “Beacons in Tough Times”

 May 29, 2014, SAN DIEGO, CA—San Ysidro Health Center is pleased to announce its recent recognition by as among the top 25 Hispanic nonprofits in the nation in 2014.  This special recognition ranks San Ysidro Health Center as No. 7 overall—a social enterprise that has responded to the challenge of tough economic times with creativity, innovation and perseverance.

The second-largest Federally Qualified Health Center in the region, the mission of San Ysidro Health Center is “to “improve the health and well-being of our community’s traditionally underserved and culturally diverse people.”  With a growing network of 27 health centers and programs in Southern, Southeastern, and Central San Diego, San Ysidro Health Center brings essential medical, dental, and counseling services to over 86,000 registered patients, representing 380,000+ patient visits, the majority of whom are women, children and seniors.

“We have doubled our capacity in preparation for the influx of new patients under the Affordable Care Act and are able to provide high quality, culturally proficient, patient-centered care to more members of our community,” said SYHC President and CEO Kevin Mattson. identified nonprofit organizations from Internet database lists of tax-exempt organizations in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. A list of these organizations was sorted by financial criteria and screened for descriptions related to Hispanic issues. Qualified organizations were sent a survey asking for information. Organizations were ranked on the basis of annual expenditures.

The complete list of 2014 Top 25 Hispanic Nonprofits is available at

KPBS Chula Vista Health Clinic Article

Chula Vista Health Clinic Puts Patient-Friendly Design First

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

By Kenny Goldberg

Evening Edition By Nicholas Mcvicker

 You can tell there’s something different about the Chula Vista Medical Center as soon as you walk in the door.

Instead of your standard directory with providers listed in alphabetical order, there’s a brightly colored sign with nature photographs.

Terry Whitaker is chief operating officer of the San Ysidro Health Center, which oversees the Chula Vista clinic. He explained each of the building’s three floors has its own theme, linked by a photo icon.

“So for registration and all the first floor, it’s a desert theme photo that’s attached to each of the departments,” Whitaker said. “For the second floor, it’s an ocean theme. And for the third floor, it’s a mountain theme.”

Whitaker said to make it easier for patients to find their way, the appointment cards have photo icons, too.

“So, patients come in, they don’t remember where they were last time,” Whitaker said. “All they have to do is match up that photo with the icon that’s on this directory.”

Upstairs, the exam rooms have hardwood floors and pastel-colored walls. All of the doctors, nurses, and medical assistants sit together in large, open spaces.

Dr. Maria Carriedo-Ceniceros, the center’s chief medical officer, said there’s a good reason for that.

“We want better communication. We want them to work together as a team,” she explained. “The whole concept of a patient-centered medical home is that the patient is at the center of the care, and everybody on the care team is involved in their care.”

It’s part of a new trend in primary care: integrating all members of the medical staff into one unit.

Carriedo-Ceniceros said under the old system, physicians stayed in their offices between appointments, away from other team members.

The idea behind the new concept is that having everyone in a single area fosters more collaboration and better care.

Carriedo-Ceniceros said patients have noticed the difference.

“This clinic, since we’ve opened, has received the highest patient satisfaction scores,” she said. “This past month was 96.1, which is extremely high. Better wait time, better interaction, higher scores in courtesy and professionalism by staff, by providers. It’s been very positive.”

The San Ysidro Health Center has a network of clinics throughout the South Bay.

About 1 in 4 households in the area makes less than $35,000 a year. More than half the San Ysidro Health Center’s 85,000 clients are uninsured.

Part of their new mission is helping people sign up for insurance under Covered California. So the new clinic really fills a need.

There are other community clinics in the South Bay, but none with the wide array of services under one roof, that the Chula Vista Medical Plaza has.

In addition to primary care and pediatrics, there’s an urgent care center, behavioral health, and even dentistry, all in the same building.

Patients no longer have to go to multiple locations to get all their needs met. Laura Borbon is severely anemic. She comes to the clinic a couple of times a week for treatment.

Third-year medical resident Cristina Deis checks up on patient Laura Borbon, who's being treated for anemia.

By Nicholas McVicker

Third-year medical resident Cristina Deis checks up on patient Laura Borbon, who’s being treated for anemia.

“If I walk in somewhere and I feel that I’m not getting the attention, I will turn around and leave,” Borbon said. “So, I’ve liked it here very much. They’re very alert, they’re always there to help. So it’s a great place.”

Cristina Deis, a third-year resident in family medicine, said this clinic is a cut above most community health centers.

“It’s pretty, but I think it goes beyond that. It gives patients a sense of pride,” she explained. “They’re proud to come to this clinic, they’re proud to say this is where they receive their medical care. And especially in a setting where a large proportion of the patients are under served, I think that that says a lot.”

Since it opened five months ago, the Chula Vista Medical Plaza has treated 13,000 people.

The San Ysidro Health Center hosts ribbon cutting ceremony for Chula Vista Medical Plaza

New state-of-the-art facility in central Chula Vista responds to high level of need with innovations in patient-centered care

SAN DIEGO, CA— On January 25, 2014, regional health champion The San Ysidro Health Center (SYHC) hosted elected officials and civic leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of its newest and largest satellite clinic, The Chula Vista Medical Plaza (CVMP) located at 678 3rd Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910.
Dignitaries in attendance to celebrate the unprecedented expansion of state-of-the-art health services in the South County included Hon. Lorena Gonzalez, representing CA 80th Assembly District and Hon. Greg Cox, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. City of Chula Vista Mayor Hon. Cheryl Cox, Councilmember Mary Salas and Councilmember Pamela Bensoussan were also in attendance for a ceremony that included reflections from members of the SYHC provider family describing the impact CVMP will have in connecting the most medically underserved families with holistic, culturally appropriate comprehensive health services.
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Supervisor Greg Cox to Host Town Hall Meeting On New Healthcare Law


San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, along with San Ysidro Health Center, hosts a
town hall meeting on The Affordable Care Act. The meeting will provide
information and resources to people who are interested in obtaining health insurance
through the new federal law and will attempt to clear up any confusion by
answer questions and providing facts.

Specialists will be on hand to assist attendees with the enrollment process.

The town hall will be held in English with simultaneous Spanish
translation. There will also be a resource fair.

WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, November 5th
WHERE: SYHC Adult Day Health Center 3364 Beyer Blvd., San Ysidro, CA 92173

Mobile Medical Units Open House

San Ysidro Health Center and Northgate González Markets host mobile medical units dedication ceremony and community Open House Friday, October 11, 2013

State-of- the-art Mobile Medical Units Link the Community to Health Services 

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San Ysidro Health Center celebrates the inauguration of its new fleet of state-of-the art mobile medical units, known as The Healthy Steps Program, at Northgate González Markets.  The Dedication Ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. with tours of the mobile units, a mini health fair, plus education and enrollment assistance for the historic Affordable Care Act and Covered California™ —the new marketplace for affordable, private health insurance. The ribbon-cutting speakers’ program will commence at 10:20 a.m.

The Healthy Steps Program is one of SYHC’s premiere outreach programs connecting vulnerable families to a permanent medical home for essential health services.  Last year, 3,000 patients were treated on the mobile medical units and connected with continual medical, dental and behavioral health care at one of SYHC’s ten clinics.

SPECIAL GUESTS:              
Kevin Mattson, CEO and President of The San Ysidro Health Center
Victor González, Vice President, Northgate González Markets
CA State Senator Ben Hueso, representing the 40th District
Nick Macchione, Director of Health and Human Services, County of San Diego
Mexican General Consul Maria de los Remedios Gomez Arnau
Frank Urtasun, Vice President, SDG&E External Affairs

Northgate González Market, 1410 S. 43rd Street, San Diego, CA 92113

Parking Information
Free parking is available in the Northgate González Market lot

SAVE THE DATE – San Ysidro Health Center’s 8th Annual Clásico de Golf – September 30, 2013


San Ysidro Health Center Schedules 8th Annual Clásico de Golf on September 30, 2013

Contact Person: May Medallada ( (858) 453-9600

San Ysidro, CA – San Ysidro Health Center will hold its 8th Annual Clásico de Golf on Monday, September 30, 2013 at the San Diego Country Club. Business Copier Solutions is the title sponsor for the tournament.

With a 10 a.m. shotgun starting format, the golf fundraiser has green fees of $600 per golfer, with foursomes at $2,000. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, all food and beverages, and an awards dinner that immediately follows play. Awards dinner tickets are available for non-playing guests.

This year’s tournament benefits the Chula Vista Medical Plaza, an extraordinary new 46,000 square foot facility offering comprehensive health care for underserved children and adults. The state-of-the-art medical plaza provides primary care, urgent care, dental and behavioral health services – all designed to assure a patient-centered experience that’s comprehensive, high quality, and affordable.

Operated by San Ysidro Health Center, the new Chula Vista Medical Plaza will directly benefit from the 8th Annual Clásico de Golf, and all golfers participating in the Clásico are invited on personal tours of the new Plaza.

Register online for the Clásico de Golf at For additional information, please contact Jacqueline Silverman at (858) 385-7733 or by email at