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Dixon Center installs new board members

Bolden earns third term at helm of health centers

Posted: July 24, 2008 1:17 a.m.
Updated: September 24, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Cheryl Laymon, executive director of the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, presents a gift to Ed Bolden, entering his third term as foundation board president.

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It was a evening of looking back — and looking forward on July 21 for the foundation board of the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc.

Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar administered the oath of office to 2009 board officers Ed Bolden, Chris Ball and Liz Seipel during the board’s at the annual meeting held at La Chene French Cuisine.

“Santa Clarita is truly fortunate to have an organization such as Sam Dixon to help care for people without health insurance,” Kellar said.

Bolden, of Andel Engineering, will continue as board president for the next year. This will be Bolden’s third year at the helm of the not-for-profit community health center.

Chris Ball, of Santa Clarita Business Exchange, will serve as vice president; Dalton Celauis will serve as secretary; and Liz Seipel, of Child & Family Center, will serve as treasurer.

“We are extremely grateful to have Ed continue in the role of our president,” said Cheryl Laymon, executive director of the Center. “Thanks to Ed’s dedication and tireless efforts, we are continuing to grow and service more members of the community who need access to health care. All of our board members help us tremendously in achieving our mission.”

The Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers operates three health centers in the Santa Clarita Valley — Canyon Country Health Center, Val Verde Health Center and Newhall Health Center — as well as outreach sites at College of the Canyons and California Institute of the Arts.

Laymon said the Center offers a full range of health care services — physicals, immunizations and vaccines, screenings and diagnostic tests, well baby care, and family planning to individuals who may not seek health care elsewhere.

“Patients pay based on their income,” Laymon said. “This past year, SDFHC provided service for 8,000 patient visits.”

The evening featured a video presentation look back at the past year and a video of the 2007 Rubber Ducky Regatta — the Center’s signature fundraiser which raised $65,000 for the center.

In the past 10 years the Center has grown in revenue from more than $300,000 to more than $2 million in gross revenue, said Laymon.

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and Providence Holy Cross partner with the Center to provide needed services to SCV residents, said Laymon.

Providence Holy Cross provides the Center with more than $60,000 in in-kind laboratory, diagnostic and imaging services. The Center is funded by state and federal reimbursements and foundation grants.

Among those Laymon singled out for praise was Dr. Patrick Robbie, MD, a pediatrician who has volunteered his services at the Canyon Country Health Center.

“He is a great gift to us,” Laymon said.

The Center plans to expand its Newhall office this year to a full time center, said Ball.

“It’s been a journey and a challenge trying to find a location in Newhall,” he said.

Ball gave high praise to Dale Ryan, owner of a suitable property in Newhall the Center is seeking for its Newhall office.

“We are very grateful for all Dale Ryan has done for us to help us,” Ball said.

The Samuel Dixon Family Health Center was established in 1980 and named for long-time Val Verde resident and minister, the late Reverend Samuel Dixon. A not-for-profit community health center, the Center serves the greater Santa Clarita Valley, and is governed by a 20 member board of directors, all of whom are Santa Clarita Valley residents. The Center’s mission is to enhance wellness by providing quality primary health care services and health education to unserved and underserved residents, with a special emphasis on serving the uninsured. A sliding fee scale is offered.

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