April 17, 1972

Medical News

JAMA. 1972;220(3):335-342. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200030003003

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Med-Ocho brings personal care to huge medical center  The eighth floor of Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center actually solicits patients. It also maintains a 24-hour "hot line" for them to call in. And the staff and other personnel are urged to speak Spanish instead of English.Unusual, yes, but almost everything about the four-ward "Salón Médico Número Ocho" ("ocho" is Spanish for "eight") is extraordinary. It has existed since October, 1970, for the purpose of serving 76 census tracts in the 25-square-mile Mexican-American barrio that surrounds the mammoth medical center, located in East Los Angeles."Med-Ocho," as this eighth-floor unit usually is called, has only 110 beds out of the medical center's 2,170, but its impact has been far greater than this would indicate. Indeed, Med-Ocho may well lead the way for a total revamping of the LA County-USC Medical Center and perhaps other medical centers