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History

In the late 70s, a group of caring Springfield residents recognized the need for a community health center to meet the increasing health needs and social vulnerabilities of city residents. People were living with untreated chronic conditions, increased infant mortality rates, pediatric care and intervention were not a feasible priority, important screenings and treatments were not readily accessible and drug addiction was viewed as a scourge, not an illness that can be treated.

 

This passionate, community group organized a coalition called; Springfield South End Community Health Center Development Corporation (SSECHCD). They petitioned the Federal Government for accessible and affordable primary health care in Springfield’s South End neighborhood, but the path ahead was not always obvious or easy. Their federal application for funding to support a Section 330 Community Health Center was approved in 1980, but the funds for this initiative were whisked away by budget cuts
and priority shifts.

 

Years later, the Commissioner of Springfield Department of Health and Human
Services received the original effort and established a forty-member city-wide
task force to resubmit the application for a Section 330 Community Health Center.
In 1993, through the passion, perseverance and hard work of this collective of:
service providers, community members and state agencies it paid off. The United States Public Health Service approved the city’s request for funds. Upon receiving
this award, the Springfield Southwest Community Health Center, now known as
Caring Health Center, was born.

 

Since opening its doors in 1995, Caring Health Center has grown rapidly and is one
of the premier community health care provider in the greater Springfield area. CHC provides quality and comprehensive health services to a large number of people
with diverse backgrounds from Springfield and 22 surrounding towns.  As the community continues to welcome refugee and immigrants, our commitment to
providing appropriate and accessible care is demonstrated by the use of multilingual translation services, and sensitivity to the unique cultural needs of the people we serve.

 

The President and CEO Tania Barber, believes that all people, regardless of their ethnicity, ability to pay or background deserve quality healthcare and her commitment continues to inspire those who work for her. Caring Health Center continues to thrive |
in service of its mission: to provide health care for the ill, to comfort the sick, and to bring the highest level of health care to all.

 

 

For after-hour services, please call:
(413) 739-1100

Para servicios fuera del horario de atención, llame al: (413) 739-1100.

 

This health center is a Health Center

Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b,

and a deemed Public Health Service

Employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

 

 

LOCATIONS

1049 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103

532 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108

860 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01119

 

WIC OFFICES   413.693.1029

816 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01105

532 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108

1771 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01129

413.739.1100

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