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September 5, 2008

Healthcare Partners Opens New Medical Office in Long Beach

Media Contact -Kristen M. Thomas 310.752.440 X186


Torrance, CA – September 5, 2008
– HealthCare Partners Medical Group, a multi-specialty medical group serving more than 500,000 patients throughout the greater Los Angeles area, announces the opening of a new office at 3932 Long Beach Blvd., in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach. The new facility provides area residents with a fourth location to meet their healthcare needs; other nearby HealthCare Partners medical offices are on Atlantic Avenue, Spring Street, and Willow Street.

“We are pleased to be able to expand service to patients in the booming Long Beach area,“ says Jamie Phillips, HealthCare Partners regional vice president. “We look forward to providing them with the same high-quality care they have come to expect, in a new, comfortable, and personal setting.”

The new office operates using HealthCare Partners’ unique “care delivery model” that streamlines a patient’s experience when visiting the doctor’s office. This model includes patient-centric care teams, fast referrals, and same-day appointments. In addition, electronic health records (EHRs) are used at the office to give health practitioners fast access to a patient’s medical information.

Two experienced HealthCare Partners physicians — Tesfaye Leka, MD, and Mary Gonzales, MD — are serving patients’ needs in the Bixby Knolls office.

Dr. Leka is board certified in internal medicine. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of California, San Diego Medical School. He completed his internship and residency at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Leka is a good listener and says he enjoys keeping up on the latest medical breakthroughs that can help his patients. In addition to English, Dr. Leka speaks fluent Amharic.

Dr. Gonzales earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Far Eastern University in the Philippines, where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. She completed residencies at Metropolitan Hospital Center in the Philippines and Columbia University-affiliated Harlem Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Gonzales emphasizes prevention and education for achieving good health outcomes. In addition to English, she speaks fluent Tagalog.

HealthCare Partners’ Bixby Knolls office is open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please call 562.321.6800 for more information or an appointment. Urgent care services for the area will remain at the Willow Street office at 2600 Redondo Ave., and are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The urgent care center can be reached at 562.988.7268. 

About HealthCare Partners Medical Group and Affiliated Physicians

HealthCare Partners Medical Group and Affiliated Physicians (HCP) are physicians and healthcare specialists who have earned awards for clinical excellence and patient satisfaction from the Integrated Healthcare Association. HCP has been recognized by health plans and business groups for medical leadership, the high quality of medical care delivered, operational effectiveness, and high rates of patient satisfaction. HCP employs 500+ primary care and specialty physicians who care for patients in Los Angeles County and north Orange County, California, through 47 neighborhood offices, that include five urgent care centers, three medical spas, an ambulatory surgery center, and an on-site office at a large employer. HCP’s network includes over 600 primary care physicians in hundreds of Greater Los Angeles area neighborhood locations. For more information, please visit www.healthcarepartners.com