Neighborhood Health Center
Locations: Northwest Buffalo Community Center on Lawn Avenue, Buffalo; the former Kaleida Health Mattina facility on Niagara Street; and a site in Hamburg.
Patients: 18,559 in 2012, up from 11,174 in 2010.
Noteworthy: Founded in 1987, the region’s oldest operating community health center.
• “We have more people seeking care and needing care,” said Joanne Haefner, executive director.
Community Health Center of Buffalo
Locations: Benwood Avenue near Main Street; satellite facilities in Niagara Falls and Lockport.
Patients: 17,733 in 2012, up from 11,672 in 2010
Noteworthy: Benwood site offers X-ray, laboratory, dental and counseling services. Site includes a community meeting room.
• “Health care is the anchor here, but community health centers should have multiple uses. We run tai chi classes and hold birthday parties. This has to be a place for the neighborhood,” said Lavonne E. Ansari, chief executive officer.
Chautauqua Health Center
Patients: Since opening in January, the center had 1,000 patients by fall.
Noteworthy: This is the first community health center in Chautauqua County.
• “Our growth is an indication of the need out there,” said Rebecca Ruiz, an outreach coordinator. “We have a lot of migrant farm workers and uninsured who are looking for medical care. Unemployment is high in the area.”
Universal Primary Care
Locations: Cuba, Olean and Houghton in the Southern Tier.
Patients: More than 7,200.
Noteworthy: A primary care group turned its practice into a community health center in 2012.
• “Part of the impetus is that we were losing money,” said Gail Speedy, executive director.
Jericho Road Community Health Center
Locations: 184 Barton St. and 1609 Genesee St.
Patients: More than 15,000.
Noteworthy: Dr. Myron Glick in November learned the federal government approved his plan to transform his Jericho Road Family Practice and Jericho Road Ministries into a nonprofit community health center. More than half of Glick’s medical practice consists of patients who do not speak English, including refugees from Burma and Somalia.
• “Every day people call desperate to see us,” Glick said.