USC has a new front door to its medical services—the new USC Executive Health and Imaging Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Open to its first patients in late February, the custom facility features an executive physical program as well as imaging services and specialties including internal medicine, sports medicine, neurology and urology.
Located at 333 S. Hope Street, it is the only facility of its type in the city’s financial district.
The new site is also home to the Faculty Staff Health Center, previously located on the University Park Campus.
Stephen J. Ryan, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, says the new facility “establishes a presence for the Keck School in downtown and was the product of the vision of many faculty, trustees and other supporters of the school.”
Ryan credited USC Care Medical Group and its president and CEO Jeffry Huffman with creating the new practice site and its programs from the ground up.
“Jeff Huffman, his staff and the faculty involved have done an outstanding job in building a first-class program,” Ryan said.
The center is supported by a wealth of university research and expertise, as well as the services of USC University Hospital, USC/Norris Cancer Hospital and Doheny Eye Institute.
At the new site, USC offers executive health assessments, which are full-day comprehensive, customized medical exams that feature extended, dedicated time with executive health physicians and other health professionals.
“The concept behind executive health is to personalize each client’s exam based on his or her current health, family medical history and lifestyle, as well as scientifically-based screening guidelines,” says John Brodhead, associate professor of medicine, who leads the program. “Our focus is on disease prevention to identify health risks early, when preventive strategies and treatments are most effective.”
Brodhead says the program’s clientele is usually men and women age 40 and older. “Hitting middle age makes people take a serious look at their health,” he says. “It’s a perfect time for people to look at what they can do to keep their vitality and prevent chronic disease.
The center has on-site X-ray and mammography and the most advanced full-body CT scanner on the market. Patients who visit the center for imaging services also benefit from the program’s academic foundation. A wide range of expert radiologists and sub-specialist radiologists, as well as cardiologists, neurologists and gastroenterologists, consult on specific images and offer advanced interpretation of results and recommendations—an advantage over commercial scanning centers.
Patients are both self- and physician-referred to the center.
The full body CT scan may detect functional changes in the heart, brain, colon and other organs that often appear well in advance of anatomical changes or noticeable symptoms. The scanner is so fast that patients are not even required to hold their breath—yet it captures clear, accurate images of the heart between beats. The cardiac scoring component of the scan can help identify those at risk for a heart attack, and a virtual colonoscopy can detect colon changes.
Huffman says the Executive Health program is already booking patients.
“We are very proud of our new location and the executive health program,” said Huffman. “By bringing the program’s components under one roof we really have a unique, client-focused model.”
For those working downtown who seek a more routine physician visit, the new location offers easy access to university-based physicians. Internal medicine physicians, specializing in both men’s and women’s health, are contracted with most insurance plans.
The USC Executive Health and Imaging Center is located at 333 S. Hope St. on the concourse level, in downtown Los Angeles. For information call 1-800-USC-CARE.