Patients at the Venice Family Clinic who need hospitalization or specialized medical care may now be helped by a pilot project launched by the clinic, the OneWest Foundation and the UCLA Health System.

The initiative is intended to help those patients seen at the Venice Family Clinic’s new Colen Family Health Center in Mar Vista who do not have private insurance or qualify for Medi-Cal or Medicare coverage, and who require specialty care and hospitalization, secure ongoing treatment at the UCLA Health System, clinic officials said.

“Currently, there is a fragmented system in place to ensure access to specialty and inpatient care for low-income patients seen at Venice Family Clinic,” said Dr. David Feinberg, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor. “As a result, complex medical conditions are often only partially diagnosed, and interventional care is frequently delayed until it becomes critical or life-threatening.”

The program received a three-year, $300,000 grant from OneWest to assist qualified patients with specialized care. It will support low- to moderate-income patients who lack private insurance and do not qualify for Medi-Cal or Medicare coverage through the pilot project by making a gift pledge through The UCLA Foundation, clinic officials said.

“It gives me great satisfaction to know that OneWest is playing a vital role in advancing the UCLA Health Sciences’ mission of research, education, patient care and public service, as well as the Venice Family Clinic’s commitment to patient care,” said Steven T. Mnuchin, chairman of the OneWest Foundation. “We are proud to help make a difference in the lives of those in our community.”

Elizabeth Forer, CEO of the Venice Family Clinic, added, “The health systems that work best are those that are integrated and located in the community where patients live. This collaboration between Venice Family Clinic and the UCLA Health System will expand the options available to our patients, reduce health care treatment costs and improve health outcomes.”

In addition, the William H. Hannon Foundation has made a $100,000 pledge to the clinic to support services at its Mar Vista Clinic site.

“Many of the areas served by the Venice Family Clinic are places where my late uncle developed homes and helped to create vibrant communities,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation. “My uncle always believed that helping those less fortunate was a responsibility of those who have been blessed by success.

“One way that we can continue to carry out his wishes is to help organizations like the Venice Family Clinic, which provide critical services to those in need.”

The Colen Family Health Center will open this month and will serve 4,000 people annually. Approximately 74 percent of the Colen Family Health Center’s patients are expected to meet the criteria for this initiative.