MedStar Research Institute (MRI) is the research center for MedStar Health, the Baltimore/Washington area's largest health care delivery system. The purpose of MedStar Research Institute is to conduct and support medical research that results in better treatments and prevention strategies for the major diseases affecting the communities we serve. MRI provides scientific, administrative, and regulatory support for research programs that complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in all seven hospitals in the MedStar Health system.
Washington Hospital Center
Washington Cancer Institute (WCI)
Web site: www.whcenter.org
Dr. Huerta's Cancer Prevention Clinic, based at the WCI, has been open to patients since July 1994. In that time, over 6,000 patients have visited the clinic and the overwhelming majority of them are of Hispanic origin. An office visit includes a complete physical examination, review of personal and family history of cancer and other diseases, personal health behavior assessment, and cancer screening examinations.
The SCC operates three medical clinics in the Washington metropolitan area (Gaithersburg, Mt. Pleasant, and Langley Park). All of the Center's patients have no medical insurance and 90 percent are members of the Hispanic community. Through the Archdiocesan Health Care Network, the SCC makes more than 1,000 referrals annually to more than 250 specialists and seven hospitals that provide specialty care.
Over 5,000 people have received medical care since the AFC opened in 1994. Clinic services are available to all residents of Arlington County who have no health insurance and meet low income guidelines. Services are provided by over 285 volunteers and 80 percent of the population served are Hispanic.
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC)
Web site: lombardi.georgetown.edu
The Georgetown University LCCC is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center serving the greater metropolitan Washington, DC area. The LCCC region encompasses six Maryland counties, five Virginia counties, several Virginia municipalities, and the District of Columbia.
La Clinica del Pueblo (CDP)
Web site: www.lcdp.org
La Clinica, which was founded in 1983, provides free primary medical care, mental health care, social services, HIV care, health promotion education, and health advocacy for uninsured and underinsured, low-income families. More than 90 percent of La Clinica's clients have no health insurance; more than 50 percent cannot speak English, and only five percent are fluent in English.
Capital Breast Care Center provides mammography imaging and other breast health services in a comfortable and convenient location for medically under-served women who live in the nation's capital. The CBCC was made possible by a $1 million dollar start-up grant from the Avon Foundation to Lombardi, and is operated in partnership with MedStar Research Institute. In addition to raising breast cancer awareness among women, the center also offers screening and follow-up services including mammograms; counseling about genetic risks that can lead to the development of breast cancer; testing for women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer; and access to treatment regardless of financial status.