61% were concerned about the lack of medical services on weekdays after 5 PM
74% were concerned about personal emergencies
Marlene Matlow (Secretary)
During this time period, ER physicians Dr. David Frankle and Dr. Jill Furgurson came on board to help staff and operate St. John’s Malibu Urgent Care Center.
Friends Board members (from left to right):Marca Kaufer, Howdy Kabrins, David Reznick, Danette Eilenberg,
Roger Wolk, Marlene Matlow, Jack Evans, and Helene Eisenberg
66% were concerned about the lack of medical services on weekends
The Malibu Urgent Care Center has existed to fill these health care needs.
Helene Eisenberg (President)
In 2000, they assumed the clinical and business management of the Center from Dr. O’Brien, who remained on the staff as their orthopedic specialist. Then in June, 2001, St. John’s Health Center discontinued funding the extended hours of operation. Dr.’s Frankle and Furgurson turned to local residents for help to prevent closure of the facility.
Jack Evans (Vice President)
In 1996, the City of Malibu's Community Task Force conducted a Health Assessment Survey that revealed the following from local residents:
Friends of Malibu Urgent Care Center has designated a Board of Directors (see Contact Us) to oversee funding for afterhours operations and all fundraising activities for Malibu Urgent Care Center. Their long-term goal is to develop a state-of-the-art urgent care center that offers urgent care, diagnostics, lab and imaging services in Malibu.
Lou & Page Adler
Dick & Kari Clark
Haim & Cheryl Saban
Brian & Christine Setzer
Tom Spiegel Foundation
Bill & Shoshana Steinberg
Board of Directors:
David Reznick (Treasurer)
The outcome was the creation of Friends of Malibu Urgent Care Center, a new non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
72% were concerned about natural emergencies
In fact, almost half of their patients are cared for after 5 PM on weekdays, during the daytime on weekends and over holidays. But the cost of providing this extended care has always been a struggle for the Center to fund.
In 1982, Dr. Susan Reynolds opened the original Urgent Care Center at this site. She depended upon contributions from patients and the proceeds from annual benefit concerts held at Pepperdine University. Hours were often sporadic and insurance plans were not accepted.
In 1994, Dr. Walter O’Brien, an orthopedic specialist, took over what is now Malibu Urgent Care Center. Then in 1997, St. John’s Health Center provided operating funds that enabled what became known as St John’s Malibu Urgent Care Center to operate during extended hours both on weekdays and weekends. St John’s contributed over $700,000 in subsidies to keep the Center open during these five years.
Malibu's geographic isolation has created a tremendous need for an urgent care facility as well as the availability of medical services after hours and on weekends.