Heritage

“Our patients come from every walk of life.”

 – DR. SERGIO RODAS
Chief Medical Officer, Camino Health Center 

WHO WE ARE

Camino Health Center is the premier community health center serving the underinsured or uninsured residents of south Orange County through its three health center locations in Lake Forest, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano. Staffed with dedicated, service driven professionals, it is evident when a patient walks through the doors, they have entered high quality, customer focused, health center. Many staff, even medical providers, were once health center patients themselves, and have a keen sense of empathy towards the struggles faced by those without medical insurance or who are underinsured.

At Camino Health Center, the health and dignity of our patients come before the bottom line. As a designated Patient Centered Medical Home, there are cutting edge practices the health center follows. First and foremost, the patient is considered a key participant in the design of their treatment plan. Another key principle of the health center is integrating care; our care teams work together to ensure the whole patient is cared for – mind, body, and spirit. Medical services are seemlessly integrated with Behavioral Health, Dental, and WIC services. Most recently, the health center added Optometry services at our Lake Forest site. Additionally, when you entrust Camino Health Center with your care, you are gaining the experience of a team of professionals, not one single doctor. Each care team in comprised of a physician, mid-level provider, team-lead, dedicated medical assistant, care coordinator, behavioral health specalist, and dentist.

Camino Health Center is a federally funded health center. As such, it is held to the highest level of standards and regulations. When you entrust us with your care, you can rest assured you are in good hands. One example of where the health center goes beyond basic care is our care coordinators. More than just someone who pushes out referrals to speciality care providers, our care coordinators are here to assist you in navigating the complex health care environment as well as making sure your care team at Camino is infomed regarding your speciality care treatment.

Because of its track record of providing high quality, affordable heath care, Camino Health Center is fortunate to be supported, financially, by numerous community individuals as well as large corporations and local cities through their various grant programs. Each year, the health center receives over a half a million dollars in priviate and local grant support to further the mission of the organization – to improve the health status of the underserved in south Orange County by providing affordable, quality, primary health care.

WHO WE HELP

Camino Health Center is making a difference in the lives of thousands of south Orange County residents who have nowhere else to turn for affordable or no cost quality health care.

HOW WE GOT HERE

Camino Health Center has provided needed healthcare services for over 35 years. Camino was established in 1982 thanks to a few visionary community members—Arthur Birtcher, Mario Cuevas, Sal Pepe, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the late Reverend Monsignor Paul Martin and the first volunteer physician Dr. Peter Czuleger. These leaders built the foundation for a community clinic to care for those with no access to primary health care.

In the years since, Camino has taken care of the health needs of thousands of men, women and children. Camino is an affiliate of Mission Hospital and is proud to continue to support the growing population of south Orange County.
 

35+ YEARS SERVING THE COMMUNITY

1982: Camino Health Center began as the San Juan Clinic
1985: Auxiliary officially founded
1994: Mobile Medical Unit services launched
1995: Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) started
1996: Camino Health Center sponsored by Mission Hospital
1997: Pediatric Dental Clinic established
2003: Diabetes Van services launched
2004: Expansion and relocation of Camino Health Center
2010: Camino Health Center became affiliated with Mission Hospital
2012: Designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center
2014: Behavioral Health services started
2015: Camino Health Center received Patient Centered Medical Home Level 3 Designation
2015: San Clemente site established
2015: Expanded dental services to include adults
2016: Services began in new Lake Forest health center
2019: Optometry services started

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