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Who We Are
Beach Cities Health District, one of the leading preventive health agencies in the nation, has served the communities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach since 1955. We offer a range of evidence-based health and wellness programs, with innovative services and facilities to promote health and well-being across the lifespan.


State of the Current Campus
Our Redondo Beach campus—extending from Diamond Street to Beryl Street and Prospect Avenue to Flagler Lane— is home to our 63-year-old former hospital building located at 514. North Prospect Avenue. The campus also includes two medical office buildings (510 and 520 North Prospect Avenue).

The next 1-5 years is our “window of opportunity” to address escalating maintenance costs as well as seismic and structural issues common with buildings built in the '50s and '60s. Last year, BCHD’s board and the project’s Community Working Group directed staff to take a broader look at the campus and prioritize safety. This occurred after seismic experts provided analysis and preliminary costs that concluded no legal obligation exists to address any building’s structural integrity, but there were issues that should be addressed.


Community Outreach
A robust public outreach process has been ongoing since 2017, with neighbors, residents and community leaders providing their perspectives about the project. These valued insights—as well as information gathered from expert structural and financial consultants—form the foundation for moving forward.


Healthy Living Campus Vision
A master plan has evolved to create a modern Healthy Living Campus that meets the changing health needs of residents and creates a community campus designed for all Beach Cities residents. 

This once-in-a-generation project is our community’s unique opportunity to chart the future of preventive health in the Beach Cities by purposefully building an intergenerational, vibrant campus where people can engage in healthy behaviors, form meaningful connections and be well … for  generations to come. 

OUR TEAM

Tom Bakaly

Tom Bakaly
Chief Executive Officer

Tom.Bakaly@bchd.org
Phone: 310-374-3426 ext. 118

Mr. Bakaly was named CEO of Beach Cities Health District in November 2016 and is responsible for managing $90 million in assets, 170 employees and more than 600 volunteers.

Monica Suua

Monica Suua
Chief Finance Officer

Monica.Suua@bchd.org
Phone: 310-374-3426 ext. 210

Mrs. Suua, CPA, is responsible for managing all District finances, including operating budgets, monthly financial reports and annual audits, and serves as the primary liaison to the Finance Committee. 

Kerianne Lawson

Kerianne Lawson
Chief Programs Officer

Kerianne.Lawson@bchd.org
Phone: 310-374-3426 ext. 133

Mrs. Lawson, LCSW, MSG, manages all community health departments and staff, including Youth Services, Blue Zones Project and Community Services.

Cristan Higa

Cristan Higa
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Cristan.Higa@bchd.org
Phone: 310-374-3426 ext. 117

Ms. Higa is responsible for managing all communications efforts at Beach Cities Health District, including health promotions, public relations, community engagement, partnerships, I.T. and marketing.

Leslie Dickey

Leslie Dickey
Executive Director of Real Estate

Leslie.Dickey@bchd.org
Phone: 310-374-3426 ext. 274

Mr. Dickey directs the design and construction of public sector capital programs, including entitlement processing, environmental impact reports, construction management and post-occupancy services.

Eric Garner

Eric Garner
Communications Manager

Eric.Garner@bchd.org
Phone: 310-374-3426 ext. 156

Mr. Garner leads outreach efforts for the Healthy Living Campus, guiding the work of the project team, creating and disseminating project information, heading-up community meetings, developing and giving public presentations and synthesizing community input.

Catherine Bem
Communications Specialist

Catherine.Bem@bchd.org
Phone: 310-374-3426 ext. 255

HEALTHY LIVING CAMPUS MILESTONES

May 2017 Milestone

May 2017

Formed Community
Working Group

Purpose of the Community Working Group

BCHD has convened a Community Working Group (CWG) to function as a community guidepost and sounding board as we work with professional planners and engineers to navigate our future and holistically enhance our Healthy Living Campus. The CWG is comprised of invited stakeholders and leaders representing various aspects of the Beach Cities including, but not limited to, businesses, environmental advocates, civic organizations, neighboring residents, senior services, and public health. The group is designed to be small, with the intent of engaging in constructive collaboration related to the Healthy Living Campus planning process and assisting in distributing information to the community as the process progresses.   

The Working Group is a voluntary group of community members representing local interests that serves as a resource to BCHD staff and the board of directors.  While the CWG is not a formal voting body, it is designed to deepen community input into the campus planning and design process. The CWG is, and will continue to be, a valuable resource to BCHD throughout the process as we seek feedback, discussion and recommendations. 

 

Sep 2017 Milestone

Sep 2017

Developed Initial
Project Concept

In 2017, a conceptual site plan was presented to BCHD's Board of Directors, the project's Community Working Group and presented at an Open House.

Oct 2017 Milestone

Oct 2017

Hosted 1st Community
Open House

BCHD held its first open house on Tuesday, Oct. 17 to update the public and receive input about its concept plans to create a Healthy Living Campus for the community on its 11-acre site located at 514 N. Prospect Ave. in Redondo Beach.

Jan 2018 Milestone

Jan 2018

Received Board Direction to Take Broader Approach

Jun 2018 Milestone

Jun 2018

Hosted Intergenerational
Study Circle

Beach Cities Health District hosted three study circles (small break-out groups): intergenerational programs, community gathering spaces and creating a center of excellence. These group sessions were informal and comprised of diverse stakeholders from the three Beach Cities. Participates were selected by BCHD staff to represent a wide variety of local interest and viewpoints, and include city officials/staff, local leaders and residents, members of civic organizations, older adult services, school districts, BCHD committees, Healthy Living Campus community working group and community youth.

Aug 2018 Milestone

Aug 2018

Hosted Gathering Spaces Study Circle

Beach Cities Health District hosted three study circles (small break-out groups): intergenerational programs, community gathering spaces and creating a center of excellence. These group sessions were informal and comprised of diverse stakeholders from the three Beach Cities. Participates were selected by BCHD staff to represent a wide variety of local interest and viewpoints, and include city officials/staff, local leaders and residents, members of civic organizations, older adult services, school districts, BCHD committees, Healthy Living Campus community working group and community youth.

Sep 2018 Milestone

Sep 2018

Hosted Center of Excellence
Study Circle

Beach Cities Health District hosted three study circles (small break-out groups): intergenerational programs, community gathering spaces and creating a center of excellence. These group sessions were informal and comprised of diverse stakeholders from the three Beach Cities. Participates were selected by BCHD staff to represent a wide variety of local interest and viewpoints, and include city officials/staff, local leaders and residents, members of civic organizations, older adult services, school districts, BCHD committees, Healthy Living Campus community working group and community youth.

Nov 2018 Milestone

Nov 2018

Analyzed Public Input from Meetings and Study Cirlces

Jan 2019 Milestone

Jan 2019

Presented Master Plan to CWG and Board

On January 14, 2019, the Community Working Group (CWG) convened for the 11th meeting to review and discuss the new Healthy Living Campus Master Plan.

On January 23, 2019, the BCHD Board of Directors held a Special Study Session to review and discuss the new Health Living Campus Master Plan.