The Department of Health Services (DHS) is the second largest municipal health system in the nation. Through its integrated system of 19 health centers and four hospitals -- and expanded network of community partner clinics -- DHS annually cares for 670,000 unique patients, employs 19,000 staff, and has an annual operating budget of $4 billion.
DHS provides health services to youth in the juvenile justice system and specialized medical services to children in foster care. Through academic affiliations with the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), DHS hospitals are training sites for physicians completing their graduate medical education.
DHS community health initiatives include Housing for Health, a program to build 10,000 supportive housing units for chronically homeless individuals, and Mama’s Neighborhood, a program to reduce preterm births for at-risk moms. Through these and other patient-centered programs and services, DHS strives to improve quality of life for County residents.
Our mission is to ensure access to high-quality, patient-centered, cost-effective health care to Los Angeles County residents through direct services at DHS facilities and through collaboration with community and university partners. – less