Mar Vista, home to one of the highest concentrations of low-income families on the Westside, is now also home to the Venice Family Clinic’s newest site.

The Irma Colen Health Center at 4700 Inglewood Blvd., Mar Vista will be dedicated Tuesday, July 6th, beginning at 6 p.m.

Open since March, the new Venice Family Clinic facility is a short distance away from most of its projected 4,000 patients per year, clinic officials noted. Its seven exam rooms and one counseling room will accommodate approximately 15,000 visits annually, tripling Venice Family Clinic’s capacity in the area, officials said.

Mar Vista’s residents along with those of the adjacent areas of Palms and Culver City make up more than a third of the patient population at the Venice Family Clinic, which is the nation’s largest free clinic. Until recently, almost all of those patients had to travel to Venice or Santa Monica for their medical appointments, according to the clinic.

The Irma Colen Health Center is named in honor of longtime Venice Family Clinic supporter Colen, who passed away in 2006. In partnership with her husband, Lou, Colen raised approximately $30 million to further the clinic’s mission of providing free, quality health care to people in need.

Lou Colen’s $1 million gift made the new site possible, according to the clinic.

To RSVP for the dedication, Tim Smith, director of communications, at (310) 664-7910 or