Hamilton Community Health Network

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  • April 17, 2018

Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN), has 35 years of service offering a caring trained, certified staff that is concerned with the management of chronic and acute disease, oral health management, health promotion and disease prevention.

Telling the full story of Hamilton Community Health Network, requires starting in the 1920’s when Bishop Michael J. Gallagher from the Diocese of Detroit, requested that four Sisters of St. Joseph came from Nazareth (Kalamazoo), Michigan to establish St. Joseph Hospital in Flint. The Sisters of St. Joseph brought with them a mission of caring for all people in need. According to information found on Genesys/ Ascension’s website, The Sisters arrived in Flint on September 25, 1920, to open St. Joseph Hospital in the former Thomas Stockton residence at 720 Ann Arbor St.

Through the years, St. Joseph Hospital, continued to thrive and sustained growth. Fast forward, to the 1980’s, the issue of hospital bed reduction continued to affect the community. St. Joseph Health Systems was committed to addressing this issue, and eventually affiliated with Flint General Hospital in October 1981, and Wheelock Memorial Hospital in July 1982.

Flint General Hospital was a 115-bed hospital, which later was named Family Hospital. According to Clarence Pierce, CEO of Hamilton Community Health Network, this was the only hospital in the area primarily servicing the African-American community. According to Pierce, “This was the only hospital that African-American’s could receive primary care. Because of this, low occupancy and financial problems eventually prompted the system’s board of trustees to close and sell Family Hospital in 1982. We now pick up the story where Family Hospital’s name is changed and it’s now known as Hamilton Family Health Center.  The health center, operated out of a basement on Hamilton Avenue of what’s now New Paths during the first six years of its existence.  The Center, was established as a response to the unmet medical needs of the low-income and minority populations primarily on the north side of Flint. It offered medical, dental and social services.

In 1988, the center moved to 4001 North Saginaw Street which was known as the “old Main”, location. It was also during this time, the center began receiving Health Care for the Homeless funding to address the growing needs of the homeless population. On February 1, 2001, Hamilton Family Health Center officially changed its name to Hamilton Community Health Network, Inc.

Hamilton Community Health Network assumed the financial and operational responsibility from Hurley Medical Center, for primary and preventive care and related services provided at their North Pointe facility. In December of 2002, Hamilton Community Health Network began operations at their combined medical-dental site, a partnership with Genesee County Health Department, to offer a multitude of services such as family planning, immunizations for children and adults, pregnancy testing and counseling and pediatric services to an area of the city that lacked access to medical care.

Hamilton Community Health Network continued to grow in size, from one health clinic to several clinics. In 2012, Hamilton Community Health Network, opened the doors to their expanded; state-of-the-art health care facility located at 2900 N. Saginaw Street in Flint, known as the Main Clinic. This facility combines medical, dental, vision, behavioral health services, on site lab and pharmacy under one roof, putting vital, interconnected services right where you need them. Now, as you step through the doors of Hamilton, you will quickly notice this is not your ordinary healthcare clinic.  From spacious lobbies, to the quality healthcare services, you and/your family can potentially schedule appointments for the same day. Hamilton’s comprehensive healthcare services include various adult primary care, pediatric primary care, general dentistry, and behavioral healthcare services.  They provide specialty services, eliminating the need to go outside of their network.  Specialty services include podiatry, vision, health screenings, urology, radiology and lab services.  You can consider Hamilton Community Health Network as your one-stop shop to healthcare .

As the number of patients continued to grow, Hamilton saw the need to expand their services to the Lapeer area. On January 17, 2016 they partnered with Lapeer Community Mental Health and opened the doors to their newest facility conveniently located in the, (CMH) building at 1570 Suncrest Dr.

Hamilton Community Health Network is the largest federally qualified health center in Genesee Counties and the leader of primary care to the insured and uninsured population.

Hamilton Community Health Network has six clinics, conveniently located to service you. To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, call (810) 406-4246. For a full listing of Hamilton’s services visit the website at www.hamiltonchn.org.

Hamilton Community Health Network is in partnership with the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor to provide speciality services in the Women’s Breast Clinic. At Hamilton, you are not just a number, you are considered as a member of the family. Hamilton’s motto is “They Want to Be Your New Home.

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