Primary Care Health Services, Inc. is a private, community-based nonprofit corporation, formed in 1976 to assume control of the Homewood-Brushton Neighborhood Health Center, this neighborhood health center, located on Hamilton Avenue in Homewood, was subsequently renamed "the Alma Illery Medical Center" to honor community champion and “doctor of goodwill” Alma Illery, an early advocate of integration in hospitals and health care.
Today, Alma Illery Medical Center is the flagship for a countywide system of nine (9) medical, four (4) dental, seven (7) health care for the homeless, and one (1) family support services sites operated by Primary Care Health Services, Inc., to address the unique needs of a multicultural, predominately low-income population. Regardless of our patient’s ability to pay, PCHS is dedicated to providing high-end medical and dental services to children and adults, as well as:
Developing healthcare centers in medically underserved areas
Ensuring that services are accessible, relevant, and satisfying
Rendering continuing care to patients by the same clinician
Homewood-Brushton Neighborhood Health Center opened at a time when the Civil Rights movement led to a flurry of free clinics opening around the country in poor neighborhoods.
Robert Bolden was hired as the first Executive Director and Chairman of the Board.
A community group led by Mr. Richard Adams and Mr. Sam Thompson raised $1.8M to fund a more comprehensive health center
Dr. James Stewart was hired as the first Medical Director
Inaugural Board of Directors were:
Richard Adams, President
Sam Thompson, Vice President
Primary Care Health Services, Inc., was established and became a state of PA non-profit organization
Mr. Wilford A. Payne was hired as the Executive Director.
David Hopkins hired as the new Executive Director