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Through a variety of locations and two name changes over four decades of service to Los Angeles County’s medically underserved , South Bay Family Health Care remains as committed to our mission now as we were in 1969:  to provide access to quality health care for individuals and families, regardless of their ability to pay.

Here is a brief history of South Bay Family Health Care . . .

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South Bay Free Clinic is incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation with a licensed clinic in Manhattan Beach.


A group of volunteer physicians purchases property in Gardena and expands into a small clinic to extend services eastward into the Gardena and Harbor Gateway areas.


As the AIDS epidemic becomes more widespread, South Bay Free Clinic establishes the first HIV/AIDS program in the South Bay.

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Los Angeles County creates the “Public Private Partnership” program, contracting with SBFC and other free and community clinics to provide primary care for residents who earn less than 133 1/3 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.


A school-based clinic is established on the campus of Carson High School during the fall school session.

South Bay Free Clinic moves its flagship health center from Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach, leasing a two- story, 9,500 square foot medical building on Artesia Blvd.  The move doubles the clinic’s capacity.



Name changes to South Bay Family Healthcare Center to better reflect an expanded range of services.


In response to requests for additional services in the Gardena/Harbor Gateway area, South Bay Family Healthcare Center purchases the property next door to its existing Gardena clinic, and constructs a new, one-story 9,000 square foot facility.  The building doubles capacity at that site.


South Bay Family Healthcare Center meets rigorous federal guidelines for quality of care and administration, earning accreditation as a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC), one of only 900 such clinics nationwide, under Section 330 of the Public Health Services Act. South Bay Family Healthcare Center receives additional federal funding and adds community members to its board.

South Bay Family Healthcare Center expands into Inglewood, opening the Dr. Claudia Hampton Clinic to provide much needed primary care in this underserved community.


South Bay Family Healthcare Center expands again in Inglewood, opening a second clinic to provide OB/Gyn services to complement the adult general medical and pediatric services at the Dr. Claudia Hampton Clinic.


Expansion continues to meet increasing demand for services, as the Healthy Kids Express, a 40-foot mobile health center, is brought into the South Bay Family Health Care system.  In its initial deployment, the van is sent weekly to four elementary schools in the Hawthorne School District to provide immunizations, well-child checks and sick care.

Affirming its mission and commitment to health care for families throughout the South Bay from four health centers, plus a school-based clinic and the Healthy Kids Express, SSouth Bay Family Healthcare Center makes a subtle but significant change in its name:  to South Bay Family Health Care. The new name  reflects the clinic’s evolution from a single medical facility in the beach cities focused on family planning to a multi-site clinic system provide care to men, women and children throughout Los Angeles County.


South Bay Family Health Care celebrates its 40thanniversary as a provider of high-quality care to families and individuals, as well as a strong community presence and leading advocate for health care access for all.


After a full year of preparation, South Bay Family Health Care implements an electronic health record at its Redondo Beach health center.  Within a year, all South Bay Family Health Care facilities are paperless.


South Bay Family Health Care, along with co-sponsors, the South Bay AIDS Network, the City of Carson, BP-Arco Carson, Janssen Therapeutics and ViiV Healthcare, stages its largest-ever—and 17th annual—World AIDS Day awareness event.


In partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District, South Bay Family Health Care opens the Carson Wellness Center on the campus of Carson High School. The part-time school-based clinic is now a full-time health center with expanded services available to not only students throughout Carson but also the community.


South Bay Family Health Care receives formal designation as a “Patient-Centered Medical Home” by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which means that we have met the standards established by the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.