JWCH Institute Inc. is a private non-profit health agency that was established as the Attending Staff Association of the John Wesley County Hospital in 1960 by concerned L.A. County physicians. These staff physicians sought to establish an agency that could obtain additional funds to support and augment patient care, education, and research at the John Wesley facility. When the hospital was demolished in 1979, the agency continued its efforts to assist LA County patients, but the name was no longer relevant and was subsequently changed to JWCH Institute Inc.
The agency's current mission is to improve the health and wellness of underserved segments of the population of Los Angeles County through the direct provision or coordination of health care, health education services and research. The mission is being accomplished through a variety of programs and activities, such as medical outreach and referrals for medical care, HIV services and drug treatment; health education; psychosocial assessment and intervention; primary medical care; family planning services; and research.
Wesley Health Centers (Bellflower) provides health care services for the entire family. The health center is conveniently located in close proximity to Downey, Cerritos, and Lakewood.
Services offered at Wesley Health Centers (Bellflower) include:
One of the first Spanish land grants in California, the small city of Bellflower started out as ranching land for former members of the military and progressed over the next two centuries to become a thriving neighborhood that welcomes neighbors from the surrounding 100-mile territory for shopping and commerce. With around 75,000 people on just over six square miles of land, Bellflower is bordered by Downey, Norwalk and Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach and Paramount. Expect to enjoy a thriving community with a small-town feel but big-city amenities.
Head to the intersection of Bellflower Boulevard and Alondra Boulevard to find the center of the entertainment and food district in this neighborhood, with cuisine options ranging from basic American to international inspiration and a focus on fusion foods. Try KooKoo Grill Teriyaki on Woodruff Avenue for a fusion of Asian, Japanese and Mexican cuisines, popular with locals both for its dine-in menu and takeout service. Try the signature KooKoo Balls, a meat and sauce filling surrounded by a rice and sesame seed shell or the similar KooKoo Egg Rolls, another signature dish pairing a meat and sauce filling with an egg roll exterior. For breakfast options, try The Nest on Alondra Boulevard. Locals love waking up to the casual, friendly atmosphere in this small restaurant where the simple menu ranges from bacon waffles and fried egg sandwiches to scrambled eggs, breakfast poutine and creamy grits. Enjoy Italian recipes passed down from a Sicilian great-great-great grandmother at Marino's Italian Restaurant on Bellflower Boulevard, a family-style restaurant with a candlelit ambiance. Locals recommend the artichoke hearts as a starter, with entrees ranging from Sicilian pizza to spaghetti, ravioli and eggplant parmigiana. Stay on Bellflower Boulevard as evening falls to find a wide range of sports bars, karaoke joints, and dive bars. Try The Midway Bar for a laid-back atmosphere with a jukebox, Bottoms Up Bar for karaoke and a bikini bar, or Irish Tower when you're in the mood to watch some sports. Spike's Sports Bar & Grill doubles up as a sports bar and dance club, while Cocktails Anywhere offers venues to dance the night away. For live musical and theater performances, head to the William and Jane Bristol Auditorium.
Stroll along Bellflower Boulevard and the neighboring Lakewood Boulevard to find plenty of chain stores and large outlets, as well as a great selection of specialty and boutique stores. Head to Metropolis Comics for a wide range of old and new comic books and an annual Free Comic Book Day, or start a new model railroad hobby at RailMaster Hobbies. Visit Practical Magicka for essential oils, candles, and incense. For women's clothing, jewelry and accessories, try the Rag Reveil Boutique, where the focus is on putting together a complete outfit. For groceries, stop in at Ralphs on Bellflower Boulevard or try Superior Grocers on Lakewood Boulevard. Stater Bros. Markets also includes a deli, while Smart & Final caters to bargain hunters. Visit the Bellflower Farmer's Market on Oak and Clark Streets for fresh produce, bread, and cheeses.
Several small parks dot the neighborhood of Bellflower. Families enjoy T. Mayne Thompson Park due to its programs for kids, indoor basketball court, baseball diamonds and outdoor pool with diving board, as well as a playground. Alternatively, try Pirate Park for a themed playground that includes a pirate ship, fort and climbing bridge. Walk your dog along the San Gabriel River Trail, a multi-use trail alongside the water. Joggers and runners prefer Simms Park, where cardio-aerobic classes take place twice a week, alongside basketball and baseball facilities and picnic areas once you finish exercising. The 20-acre Ruth R. Caruthers Park provides lighted baseball and softball fields, a wading pool, an equestrian path and a 2.5-mile hike alongside barbecue braziers, tetherball courts and the Carpenter House Museums.