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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

Location: Dunkirk.

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.