Primary Care Health Services, Inc. is a private, community-based nonprofit corporation, formed in 1976 as the successor to the Homewood-Brushton Neighborhood Health Center (founded in 1968). Located on Hamilton Avenue in the Homewood community of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the health center was subsequently renamed the "Alma Illery Medical Center" to honor the civic leader, community champion and “doctor of goodwill,” Mrs. Alma Illery, who received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Tuskegee University for her advocacy of racial integration in hospitals and promotion of training minorities for careers in health care.
Today, the 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 quality 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 of high quality
-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.
Michael Barnett, MD hired as a Interim Executive Director.